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Expertise: Dance (modern, jazz, ballet, and tap)

Nikki Balsamo is a dancer, choreographer, and director. Her professional dance credits include performances with JAZZDANCE! by Danny Buraczeski, Garner Gutierrez-Garner Dance, Catalyst, Dances by Emily Johnson, and works by Christine Maginnis. In 1998 she was one of only six women in the country invited to attend the Choreographing Jazz Workshop at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. Her choreography has been selected for performance at the American College Dance Festival and Choreographer's Evening at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. She has directed the Jazz Dance Program at DanceWorks Performing Arts Center in Lakeville, Minn., and the dance program at the Arizona Bridge Project, an after school arts program for at-risk teenage girls. She also served as a dance specialist in the Minneapolis public schools. Nikki holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Minnesota.