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Nicole PrimeroAt crucial points in her life, Nicole seemed to choose Dance as an afterthought; she would often grab the pen without hesitation. The milestone was when she took ballet lessons under Faith Javellana-Gumban. She auditioned at the Iloilo National High School Special Program for the Arts. She passed and majored in Visual Arts but soon shifted to Dance. Carmela Palencia, Tina Sison, Ria Española and Rommel Flogen were her dance teachers.

 

Books remain a major inspiration, she maintains that she is primarily a reader, then a writer. In UP Visayas, she majored in Literature for three years before finally shifting and transferring to UP Diliman to major in Dance.

 

She became a member of the UP Dance company in 2006. Under Prof. Steve Villaruz, she has performed in many of the company's repertoire locally and abroad. In 2008, she participated at the TAIPEIDEA at Taipei National University for the Arts in Taiwan. Nicole thanks her mentors and teachers throughout her years in UP Diliman - Angela Baguilat, Christine Maranan-Novales, Shanti Sreedhar, Ava Maureen Villanueva, Desiree Medina, Herbert Alvarez, Elena Laniog and Prof. Steve Villaruz.

 

In 2010, Nicole competed at the Young Choreographer's Competition during the WiFi Body Independent Contemporary Dance Festival. She was awarded the Most Promising Choreographer for her piece entitled 'Delight/Delirium'.

 

She became a member of Airdance in 2013 and was awarded a danceWeb scholarship for the ImPulsTanz Contemporary Dance Festival 2015 held in Vienna, Austria.

 

She credits her experiences to the many exposures and processes inside and outside of the dance studio, in interactions with artists, politicians, children, plants, animals and yes, unseen beings.