NIKKI DEAN-HOCKER

nikki-dean-hocker-jazz-unlimited-staffWith her signature style of choreography that seamlessly blends jazz and hip-hop, Nikki has shared her love for dance with audiences across the United States.  Nikki has trained in dance for over thirty-five years, and she has channeled her passion for the art into a successful career as a teacher, performer, JU Ensemble Director and choreographer.  Whether leading rehearsals in the studio or watching her choreography performed on national television, Nikki continues to cherish the experience of teaching at Jazz Unlimited.

Nikki holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance performance from Rutgers University/Stockton University. Her most recent performance credits include Rhapsody: The Company and Bev Brown: P Funk.  Nikki has worked as a performer and chorographer for artists of J Records and Virgin Records as well as local theaters here in NJ. For the past twenty years, Nikki has taught multiple styles of dance.  She taught and assisted at Broadway Dance Center in New York City, where she worked for the late jazz legend Frank Hatchett, hip-hop artists Bev Brown and Rhapsody James.  The experience of training and teaching at BDC helped Nikki to develop her own unique style of choreography, which she has shared with students of all ages at studios up and down the East Coast. Nikki has been a guest teacher for the collegiate dance programs at Rowan University and West Chester University, and she has choreographed for the national champion dance teams at Towson State University and Rutgers University. She is also a guest judge and choreographer for regional and national dance competitions and conventions. Nikki’s choreography was most recently performed on the nationwide broadcast of Paula Abdul’s CBS reality show “Live to Dance” and the local CBS show “Talk Philly” with Ukee Washington, where she was a featured as artist and choreographer. Her choreography for Jazz Unlimited has won many top honors over the past seventeen years. Receiving those honors is always thrilling for the studio but Nikki’s most significate pleasure is to watch her gifted dancers grow into passionate and honorable young artists.

Nikki would like to thank her husband Bill, son Norman, daughter Bailee, and entire family for their endless love and support through this busy dance season. Best of Luck to Bailee on a fantastic recital! Break a leg!