Nicole Meador

IMG_9703Nicole Meador was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and started dancing at the age of four.  She was trained in both Russian and Cecchetti styles of ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary.  She competed nationally ingroups and also as a soloist.  She was one of thirty dancers picked to dance at the World Expo in Spain.  She was a junior member of Dance Masters of America which afforded her the opportunity to attend conventions all over the U.S. and
perform on a cruise to Mexico.  She was Miss Teen San Jose in 1995, her senior year of high school, which provided her scholarship money to attend college. After high school graduation, she headed off to Tempe to earn degrees in political science and business at Arizona State University. During college she took dance
classes at the university as well as taught ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical at a nearby studio.
 In 1999, she returned to the Bay Area where she continued teaching dance while beginning a career in education.  She earned her teaching certificate and M.A. in reading at Santa Clara University.  She taught pre-school, kindergarten, and 7th grade before deciding to start a Ph.D. program in educational psychology at the University of Arizona.
 In addition to being a member of the San Jose Ballet School, she  also had the opportunity to train and perform with a number of professionals including Anthony LoCascio from Tap Dogs, Marie Stinnett, Audrey King, Glenna Bell, Cory Finn Ayodele Casel, Anthony Morigerato, Chole Arnold, Melissa Tannus, and Kelsey McCowan. She’s worked with multiple companies in California and Arizona as a performer and choreographer. She also works with various theater groups in the Bay Area, choreographing for musicals.