Nicole Mahncke is a choreographer, performer, and dance educator, certified in Dance for K-12 with the NJ Board of Education. She obtained her BFA in dance at Mason Gross School of the Arts. More commonly known on stage as Nikki Manx, Miss Nicole teaches all ages and styles of dance. She serves as a board member for the New Jersey Arts Education Collective, advocating for Arts Ed Now, increasing arts education in NJ public schools. Nikki has taught master classes, summer residencies, and satellite programs, as well as led professional development workshops for Newark charter schools through Arts Horizons. Former teaching assignments include Ramapo High School, Dwight Englewood, Bergen PAC, and Bergen Community College in the Continuing Education Department. Nikki also directed 5 seasons of a student flashmob group, Heartbeat Dancer’s Revolution at Gotta Dance, where she taught 35-40 classes per week for 10 years, gaining major experience as a dance educator. Nikki is also the Artistic Director and Choreographer of Nikki Manx Dance Project, a cause-driven modern dance company that presents work on social justice and environmental sustainability. Nikki’s choreography has been professionally presented since 2006, and can be found on her YouTube channel, Nikki Manx, or by visiting NikkiManxDanceProject.org. Nikki’s choreography is partly funded by the Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs, and through her grant writing. She has presented NMDP at site-specific venues, special events, and for national charitable advocacy organizations. Nikki strives to create all-inclusive work, where she most recently functioned as a dance facilitator in 2016 for non-verbal choreographers at the Matheny Medical Center performing arts program. Nikki has performed the work of Kelly Donovan, Erin Pride, Cleo Mack, Randy James, Lynn Needle, and Alie Vidich. Nikki has danced for Stage Stars in several performances of Little Shop of Horrors, Rock Horror Picture Show, and for Glen Burtnik in “Back to the 80s” (Count Bassie Theater, Red Bank, NJ), and “Beatles Bash VII” (State Theatre, New Brunswick, NJ.) She has also performed in various music videos and commercial projects, as well as functioned as a dance consultant for non-profit organizations in New Jersey, where she is furthering her studies in arts administration.