DANCER SPOTLIGHT: NICOLE BAKER / by Andrew Tran

INTRODUCING NICOLE BAKER


When did you start dancing?

i started dancing recreationally when I was 7, but then took up competitive dance when I was around 14 years old.

When did you join Eryc Taylor Dance?

I joined ETD for it's 2016 season.

What other companies have you worked with and where have you toured?

Currently I am working with Kristina Harris in Krissy and the Works.

What destinations would you love to tour to?

I would love to travel to Southeast Asia. I studied dance in India and fell in love with the culture. It would be amazing to go back.

Describe your style of dance and the choreographers that have impacted the most.

My style of dance is very fluid and cerebral. I tend to move and create movement through internalization. It gets me in trouble sometimes, but has made me the dancer I am today. When I was in high school I saw Pilobolus perform Rushes, a choreographic collaboration between Inbal Pinto, Avshalom Pollak, and Pilobolus Artistic Director Robby Barnett. This piece and it's choreography blew my mind. It changed the path of my dancing and made me want to pursue concert dance professionally.

Do you have a quote or mantra that you live by?

Everything happens for a reason - I wear a silver bracelet with this engraved on it everyday.

What's been the largest obstacle/struggle in your life? How did you overcome it?

My mind. I tend to overthink everything- from each everyday situations to movement creation. I always analyze too much and get stuck or overwlemed. It is something I still struggle with everyday, but because I am more aware of it I have learned when to take a step back, and breath more often.

If you didn't become a dancer, what job do you think would be working right now?

I have always wanted to be a pastry chef.