Photos by James Jin

Photos by James Jin


Born in England and raised in Switzerland, Nicole von Arx (NVA) is a freelance dancer and choreographer based between Brooklyn (USA) and Geneva (Switzerland).

She graduated in 2011 from The Alvin Ailey School in New York City under the direction of Denise Jefferson. She also trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Springboard Danse Montréal 2011& 2015, Dance Area and Jacob's Pillow 2010 Contemporary Program.

As a performer, Nicole was a soloist at the Royal Opera House in London & Chicago Lyric Opera in the critically acclaimed opera Tannhäuser directed by Tim Albery and choreographed by Jasmin Vardimon. She has also worked for and toured with Carte Blanche (The Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance) under the directorship of Bruno Heynderickx. From 2015-2018, She was a company member at Company XIV for the productions of Nutcracker Rouge, La Fête, Paris, and dance captain for the opera Orpheus & Eurydice. In 2013, she participated in The 6th Copenhagen International Choreography Competition while dancing for the choreographer Bryan Arias (Kidd Pivot, NDT) winning 1st place and Audience Choice Award. Since 2014, she has been a close collaborator, choreographer assistant, and performer for Loni Landon Dance Projects. She has worked with Loni on numerous creations such as Fast Love for the Joyce Theatre, And Then There Was One commissioned by The Juilliard School, DOUBLING, and Wait Nearby commissioned by the Keigwin + Company. Nicole most recently joined the cast of Romeo Castellucci’s Democracy in America for performances at Montclair University.

As a choreographer, Nicole was invited to present her work internationally at the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices, TanzFest Winterthur 2018, La Fête de la Musique on the stage of l’ADC, and the Flux Laboratory in Switzerland, and at Reykjavík Culture Night in Iceland. In the USA, her choreography appeared at the Museum of Moving Image, CPR (Center for Performance Research), Judson Memorial Church, Sam Houston State University, The Battery Dance Festival, The Wild Project, The 14th Street Y/YCabaret, the Ailey Citigroup Theatre and Gowanus Arts. In 2017, she was one of the three emerging choreographers commissioned to create a new 30min work for The Dance Gallery Festival Level UP program. In 2011 and 2015, she had the pleasure to create solo works on students from The Ailey School and SUNY Purchase.

Nicole is currently creating and performing in New York City and Switzerland under the name NVA & Guests. She teaches in New York at Gibney and Gallim’s company classes. And she most recently became co-curator at CreateART.

(edited August 15th, 2019)