Nicole Golonka is a performer, creator, and educator who identifies as an arts activist. She values social justice in her work and strives to increase arts access. She recently worked as a performing apprentice [2019-2020] with GroundWorks DanceTheater in her hometown of Cleveland, OH where she had the privilege of working with Amy Miller, Brian Brooks, and Antonio Brown. A 2019 graduate from Loyola University Chicago, Nicole holds degrees in dance and psychology. At the undergraduate level she researched nationally and internationally by way of practice, performance, and creation. Nicole has performed works by Rena Butler, Alice Klock, Carrie Hanson, David Shimotakahara, Brian Brooks, Randy Duncan, Sarah Cullen Fuller, and Amy Wilkinson. She also studied with the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Northwest Dance Project, Vim Vigor, Opificio Certificate Program, and the Seldoms. To further her passion for the intersection of dance and disability, Nicole served under the direction of Sarah Cullen-Fuller in 2016 as a host committee member for the Midwest Convening on Physically Integrated Dance. She collaborated on the dance films, “ALL” and “Dance the Vote,” as well. She continues to work and volunteer in the field. As an emerging choreographer, she has created for both live performance and film and collaborated with several artists in her communities. Nicole is so excited to begin her journey in Salt Lake City and humbled to begin her first season with the Oquirrh West Project!