Nancy C. King is the founder of the King Centre for the Performing Arts and the New Jersey Foundation for Dance and Theatre Arts, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation established for the advancement of the performing arts and education. She attended Rider University and Hedgegrow Dramatic School.
She is the artistic director of the American Youth Dance company and the American Jazz Dance Ensemble. Nancy is past president of Dance Masters of America, Inc. New York City Chapter #26 and past national director of the National Miss Dance of America Scholarship Pageant. After an extensive career in dance and theatre, Nancy became owner of the King Centre of the Performing Arts, and a national master teacher and choreographer. Her students have won major awards and have appeared on Broadway, film, television, national tours, industrials, soap operas, with the New York Radio City Rockettes, cruise ships and in commercials.
Her numerous awards include the Directors Achievement Award from the Young Americans Dance Festival, the Excellence in Dance Award from Dance Teacher Magazine, the Arts, Humanities Award from the Chamber of Commerce, and Richard J. Productions for bringing the arts to the community. She has also represented New Jersey and the United States at invitational festivals and performance tours of Europe and the United States,The New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Dance Excellence in California.
Nancy founded the New Jersey Foundation for Dance and Theatre Arts to bring dance and theater to the community and to give performers a vehicle to advance their careers. The Foundation has produced “The Nutcracker” annually, bringing dancers from major companies to perform with the American Youth Dance Company, including the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Pennsylvania Ballet, Broadway and film. The Foundation has sponsored performances for arts education in area schools and for special needs students. It has also helped raise money for numerous charities including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, The United Way, The American Diabetes Association, Dancers Responding to AIDS, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The Foundation has also produced area musical theater workshops as well as performances of “Carousel”, “The Odd Couple”, “Charlie Brown”, “Steel Magnolias”, “Last of the Red Hot Lovers”, “All Shook Up” and “Prisoner of Second Avenue”. A special scholarship program is being implemented into The Foundation to help students in need develop their careers for dance and theater arts.