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Nicole “Nikki Manx” Mahncke

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Nikki is a dance educator, choreographer, performer, public speaker, and social justice advocate. Manx received her BFA in dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University) in 2006, when she began her mentorship with Lynn Needle. Nikki is certified to teach dance through the NJ Board of Education, where she advocates for the arts as a board member for the NJ Arts Education Collective. Nikki regularly teaches all ages and forms of dance from toddler to adult in Creative Movement, Modern, Improvisation, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, and Fitness. Manx developed a Professional Development series on “The Language of Dance” for Newark Charter Schools, and held former residencies on projects with Ramapo High School, Dwight Morrow, and Bergen Community College. Nikki also directed 5 seasons of a student flashmob group, Heartbeat Dancer’s Revolution at Gotta Dance Inc., when she taught for 10 years in Somerset County. Her teaching incorporates Creative Placemaking, where she travels to senior homes with dance programming through Arts Horizons, Art of Motion, and Nikki Manx Dance Project. Manx is also a Teaching Artist for Bergen PAC, The King Centre, James E. Byrd Middle School, and Dancetc. She is excited to mentor and impact the AOM Junior Performing Ensemble, as well as make her first appearance with AOMDT in their 2017 NY season as the “Monarch.”

Nikki’s choreography has been presented in NY/NJ, and at the Southern Vermont Dance Festival. Nikki is the Artistic Director and Choreographer of Nikki Manx Dance Project. You can follow her choreography on her website, NikkiManxDanceProject.org, or on her YouTube channel, Nikki Manx. Manx presents cause-driven multimedia experiences that encourage environmental sustainability and social justice initiatives through the arts. Her work has been performed at Dixon Place, South Street Seaport, Jennifer Muller/THE Works Studio, Greenspace Studio, Two River Theatre, Bergen Community College, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Drew University, Kean University, Puffin Cultural Forum, Art of Motion Studio Theatre, Bergen PAC, Flat Rock Brook Nature Center, and charitable events, among others. Her most recent collaborations are with LIVE and original compositions by STATiC and Englewinds Eco Ensemble at The Teaneck Creek Conservancy, where she sits on the Eco Art Committee. Nikki has also presented her site-specific work at The Grounds for Sculpture, art galleries, special events, and outdoor spaces. Nikki received funding from the Bergen County Division of Culutral and Historic Affairs to produce six evening length productions; “The Big Picture,” “Call to Action,” “We the People,” “Revolution: EARTH,” “Revitalization: EARTH,” and “The Harvest,” where she featured AOMDT as her Guest Artist. Dances in these shows explore issues such as; water conservation, air pollution, marriage equality act, homelessness, animal rights, commercialism, gender identity, climate change, military occupation, civil rights, recovery, bullying, and the legacy of Nelson Mandela. Charitable advocacy organizations that Nikki worked with in 2016-2017 include Mahwah Food Bank, Joan’s Joy (Child Safety Awareness), Children’s Aide and Family Services, Kostumes 4 Kids, Pulse Orlando Relief Fund, and the Environmental Committee of Bergen County. Nikki has performed the work of Kelly Donovan, Jamie Marie Hannigan, Lynn Needle, Erin Pride, Cleo Mack, Randy James, and Alie Vidich. Nikki has danced for Hannigan’s “Stage Stars” in several performances of Little Shop of Horrors, Rock Horror Picture Show, and in Glen Burtnik’s “Back to the 80s” (Count Bassie Theater, Red Bank, NJ), and “Beatles Bash VII” (State Theatre, New Brunswick, NJ.). Hannigan also worked with Manx on residencies as a Dance Facilitator, working with clients at The Matheny Medical Center through “Arts Access” as an all-inclusive choreographer and edcuator who works with mixed abilities.