13th Annual DANCING UNDER THE STARS
The best local and professional dancers in ballroom, jazz, contemporary and hip hop, as well as special guests Martha Nichols & The Martha NIchols Dance Company from NYC plus Jaxon Willard, Charity & Andres and The Pulse from NBC’s World of Dance and musical guest Ryan Innes!
An exciting night of killer choreography featuring ballroom, jazz and hip-hop from award-winning teams at the nationally-renowned Center Stage Performing Arts Studios, plus special guest dance artists and top-notch musical guests.
In 2006, Martha was one of America’s Top Ten on FOX Television’s So You Think You Can Dance (Season 2), and from there she hit the ground running. Since then, Martha has assisted Mandy Moore, Mia Michaels, Wade Robson, Andy Blankenbuehler, NAPPYTABS, Tony Testa, and was a principal dancer with companies Unity LA, directed by Tessandra Chavez, and CollidEdance, directed by Erica Sobol. Martha has been featured in Dance Spirit Magazine, Dance Lifestyle Magazine, in Dance Magazine as one of 2017’s “Top 25 To Watch” and on the April 2018 cover of Dance Teacher Magazine.
Commercially, Martha has performed on awards shows such as MTV’S VMA’s, The American Music Awards, The Oscars, and The Billboard Awards. Other credits include Cirque Du Soleil, GAP, Disney, X-Box, Jo+Jax, NBA, X-Factor, FOX’s ‘Mobbed’ and ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. She has toured internationally with Madonna, Rihanna and Kylie Minogue, performed with Jesse J, Ne-Yo, Christina Aguilera, Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Neil Patrick Harris, and Dick Van Dyke and was featured in Emmy Award Winner Travis Wall’s “Hollow Suit.” Martha can be seen in the films The Marc Pease Experience, La La Land, Ted 2, ABC’s remake of Dirty Dancing and is featured in The Greatest Showman as the Woman in Gold alongside Hugh Jackman.
Choreographically, Martha has been making a name for herself as well. In 2016 Martha founded her dance company, Martha Nichols Dance, and won The Capezio A.C.E. Awards with her piece / T I L T E D /. Martha has showcased works at The Joyce Theater, Symphony Space, and The Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, and in 2017 was Artistic Director and Choreographer of The Wider Sun at The Beverly O’Neil Theater in Long Beach, CA. Martha choreographed and was featured in Moses Sumney’s Music Video “Worth It,” and was Assistant Choreographer on Madonna’s 2015 Rebel Heart Tour, Demi Lovato’s 2011 Unbroken Tour, and a Contributing Choreographer on Mariah Carey’s 2014 Elusive Chanteuse Tour. Martha also staged and choreographed Ke$ha’s powerful 2018 Grammy performance of “Praying.”
In addition to this, Martha is an educator and loves teaching. She teaches master classes at Broadway Dance Center (NYC), The Edge Performing Arts Center (LA) and Millennium Dance Complex (LA). She has taught in Italy, Costa Rica, Mexico, Australia, Israel, and South Africa, and is on faculty with NUVO dance convention.
Martha Nichols Dance is a dance company of unique, cross-trained artists based out of New York City. Founded in 2016 by Artistic Director and Capezio A.C.E. Award Winner, Martha Nichols, the company was created as a platform and an instrument to develop her choreographic voice. The vision of the company is to extend beyond the professional dance world and share the love of dance with all people. To touch the amateur and the professional, the old and the young.
In summer 2017, Nichols’ first full length work THE WIDER SUN premiered in Long Beach, CA at the Beverly O’Neil Theater featuring 14 dancers. THE WIDER SUN also featured her first work / T I L T E D / which premiered in New York during the summer of 2016.