Nicole Caruana is a freelance dance artist from Buffalo, New York and is an alumni of the conservatory of dance at SUNY Purchase College under the direction of Nelly Van-Bommel. Nicole has trained formally with the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, London Contemporary Dance School, The School at the American Dance Festival, Arts Umbrella, and has studied gaga intensively alongside Batsheva Dance Company in Israel. She’s had the opportunity to perform the works of some of her mentors including Ohad Naharin, Saar and Lee Harari, and Doug Varone. 


As a freelance choreographer, Nicole received commissions to create new works for Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theater and is excited to begin a process with Ballet X of Philadelphia in the spring. Nicole is grateful for the mentorship of John McFall on her work with Ballet X. UANA DANS was established as Nicole’s creative home and outlet to share choreographies at home and abroad. Her work “Arba” was awarded first prize at The International competition for choreographers in Hanover, Germany. Since the company’s inception, they have been invited to perform in Germany, Denmark, Spain, Greece, Sweden, New York and Texas. 


Nicole is the recipient of The Technos College International Prize for her efforts in cultural ambassadorship abroad. Together with fellow Purchase alumni Taylor Railton and Mercedez Mize, Nicole is a co-founder of traveling workshop and choreographic platform “The Herd.”

Photography: Erica Marie Photography and Ron Compton


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