Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Nicole Stanton

Nicole Stanton is a dance artist, educator and organizer currently serving as the Dean of Arts and Humanities.  She is a Professor of Dance, and faculty in African American Studies, the College of the Environment, and the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University.  She was an Associate Professor at the Ohio State University and has been a visiting artist/professor at Kenyon College, Alfred University, Yale University and Antioch College.  Her choreographic work has been presented at national and international venues such as the Center for Performance Research, 92nd Street Y and Triskelion Arts in NYC, Pro Danza Italia in Italy, the Wexner Center for the Arts and the Martin Luther King Arts Center in Columbus Ohio. Nicole has been working at the intersection of art making and community organizing  for nearly twenty years. She worked with theaters such as the San Francisco Mime Troop, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, and San Fransico's Make*A*Circus engaging performance as a liberatory practice that provides a voice for communities.  As a scholar and educator, her work centers on the cultures and histories of the African Diaspora and the ways in which dance in serves as a site of reclamation and resistance. Stanton works in the mediums of choreography, performance, and writing.  Through those forms, she explores intersections between personal, cultural, political and physical experiences with an eye towards celebrating the complexities of black culture and creating platforms that cultivate community.  Her work emphasizes collaborative processes, which has sparked connections with historians, scientists, anthropologists, musicians as well as visual and media artists. The umbrella title for all of her creative research is Cross Roads Dance Productions.

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Additional Links: 
Short documentary on Thresholdsites

I Have Worked With

  • April 2018

    The We Create Festival, currated by Danza Organica Artistic Director Marsha Parrilla, presented my work, The Welcome Table

  • February 2018

    I received an interdisciplinary Threads Fellowship to study and develop choreographic work in Senegal, West Africa.

  • January 2018

    I received a 2018 Connecticut Artist Fellowship.


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Dance Artist, Professor, Dean of Arts and Humanities
Physical Address: 
160 Cross Street
Middletown, CT 06459
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Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Dance - Ethnic
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Dance - Traditional
Populations Served: 
General Public
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts Criticism / Journalism
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Community Arts
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Performance / Concert / Reading
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - Other
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Geographic Reach: 
Multi-County Region
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Council of Dance Administrators
Dance Studies Association
International Association of Blacks in Dance
MFA in Choreography, the Ohio State University
BA in Dance and Foreign Civilizations and Languages, Antioch College
Contemporary Dance, Center for New Dance Development, Netherlands
West African Dance, Maimuna Keita Dance Company, Senegal
Wesleyan University Center for the Arts Feet to the Fire Artistic Commission
Battelle Endowment for Technology and Human Affairs Grant
Ohio Arts Council Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant
Ohio State University Presidential Fellow
New England Dance Fund Award
Albers Foundation interdisciplinary "Threads" fellowship
Connecticut Office of the Arts Artist Fellowship
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

I am a Touring Artist

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I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
School / University
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Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
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