nikki charest

Contemporary, Jazz, Technique

Nikki started dancing at the age of nine. She grew up in Orange County, where she trained in all styles of dance, with a concentration in commercial jazz, contemporary, ballet, and hip-hop. She competed for eight years where she earned many top regional and national placements and overall awards and was also a member of the El Toro High School Varsity Dance Team for three years where she also trained in cheer and pom.

Nikki graduated from Chapman University with a bachelor’s degree in Business and a Minor in dance. During her time at Chapman, Nikki’s choreographic work was featured in several performances. In 2017, Nikki completed an internship with The Movement Talent Agency (MTA), where she learned the inner workings of the dance industry and was signed for professional representation as a dancer with MTA shortly thereafter. Nikki is pursuing her dream as a full-time professional dancer, educator, and choreographer.

Already a talented performer and strong technical dancer, Nikki has also proven to be a natural and gifted choreographer. Her dances have consistently placed in the top overalls, earning many first overall placements and judge’s awards for “Best Musicality and Choreography.”

Now in her fourth season as an instructor and choreographer for Avanti’s performance company, Nikki continues to bring her “A” game sharing her creativity and passion. Having been in her students’ shoes only a few years ago, Nikki is able to really connect with her students, motivating them to aspire to new levels in their training and performance.