“To do what ought to be done but would not have been done unless I did it; I thought to be my duty.” – Robert Morrison
- B.A in Dance Candidate from the University of California, Irvine
B.A in Education Sciences Candidate from the University of California, Irvine
Nicholas Kitchen’s background with arts established with an early interest in videography and performance culture. Starting his dance career on school teams, Nick was given an opportunity to dance that would not have normally been within his or his family’s grasp. Through his mentor and coach Amberlee Prosser, his studies of traditional western dance genres such as ballet, jazz, contemporary, and modern began at 15. During these high school years, Nick spent his 4 years in the drama program and his mornings at dance practice for his school team, in which he was captain for 2 years as the team began the competition process, and help led them to multiple placings in USA competitions in Northern California. His afternoons were spent all day, every day in-studio training. During these years, he competed with his studio’s company in a variety of styles and competitions, winning numerous awards and titles, such as runner up at Sheer Talent Nationals Las Vegas 2015. With a little more than 2 years of training, Nick was accepted into numerous UCs and CSUs for dance before ultimately deciding on the University of California, Irvine.
At UCI, Nicholas Kitchen has been studying Dance as well as Education Sciences. Nick has had the opportunity to expand his mental cognition behind his movements and blend his passion for film with his love for dance. Working with the Film-Arts-Drama-Alliance on campus, Nick has been brought on numerous times as a choreographer for the annual big film project, such as “The Greatest Show at UCI” and “Don’t Stop Us Now”, both available on YouTube. In 2018, Nick was the director and choreographer for a segment of UCI’s annual philanthropy Greek Songfest, in which his direction received a 2nd place award, as well an award for best choreography against 7 other productions. Along with other’s efforts, the philanthropy raised over $10,000 for the make-a-wish foundation. Opportunities outside of university included his work product testing and modeling for Discount Dance Supply and All About Dance. He was a call center representative for the companies as well, and deepened his knowledge of dance gear, costuming, and business models. As a teacher, Nick strives for an open and trusting environment with his students, encouraging engagement through student-centered learning and the acknowledgment of each student’s individuality. Through repetition and learning using scaffolding techniques, students can build their own repertoire of movement and find confidence in their own aesthetic. He bases his classroom on his knowledge gained through his studies in Education Sciences. Nick hopes to take his experiences in dance and drama into his career as he aims to open his own studio and find efficient ways to widespread dance to those who can’t access it in the normal capacity such as his own origins with dance.