Southern Vermont Dance Festival has ended
Welcome to the Southern Vermont Dance Festival!  Takes place July 14th - July 17th with 100 classes, 3 Gala performances, Informal performances, Dozens of Community Events, Meet and Greets and Receptions and Dinner at Rudyard Kiplings house and much more.  Purchase your tickets on Eventbrite and have access to your own Vermont Dance Adventure.
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Nicole Mahncke

Nikki Manx Dance Project
Artistic Director
Nicole Mahncke is a dance educator, choreographer, and performer. She obtained her BFA in dance at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Nicole is the Artistic Director of Nikki Manx Dance Project, which she founded in 2008. Her choreography has been presented throughout NY and NJ at Abrons Arts Center, Green Space Studio, La Belle Époque, Silk City Arts Festival, Loree Theater, Alfa Art Gallery, Two River Theater, The Gershwin Hotel, Arts Youniversity, The George Frey Center for Arts and Recreations, and The Garage Theatre. Nikki presented three seasons at the “Your Move” dance festival at Jersey City’s Art House Productions. She also presented three seasons at the HATCH presenting series at Jennifer Mueller/The Works Studio. The company presented two site-specific works at The Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey. Nikki’s largest collections of work were presented in four evening length dance productions through grants from the Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historical Affairs: “The Big Picture,” “Call to Action,” “We the People,” and “Revolution: EARTH.”

Nicole and her company members teach dance in public schools and private studios throughout New York and New Jersey, such as Ramapo High School’s University Program for gifted dance and theater majors. In 2016, Nikki Manx Dance Project is teaching residencies at Bergen Community College, Passaic County Vocational High School, and BergenPAC. The company also sponsors complimentary community events that include live music and visual art collaborations, such as an annual event for Earth Day. The company works with dancers of all ages, including special needs through The Matheny School, where Nicole works with a wide range of developmentally disabled adults in their Arts Access program. Nicole directed five seasons as the director of Heartbeat Dancer’s Revolution, a student flash mob group that reflects on social issues at New Jersey’s Gotta Dance Inc. Nikki’s most recent flashmob, “Night of the Living Charity,” supported Kostumes4Kids and Children’s Aide and Family Services, where dancers performed original Thriller choreography atop Westwood NJ’s cinema marquee in support of therapeutic foster children. According to Robert Johnson of the Star Ledger, "Choreographer Nikki Manx likes to tackle social and political themes. Her work is very accessible to audiences that are not necessarily versed in modern dance."

My Faculty Sessions

Sunday, July 17

11:30am EDT