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Nick is the season one winner of the Fox reality show So You Think You Can Dance and has been featured in countless publications, including the cover of Dance Spirit Magazine twice. He has performed with music sensations such as Adele on Dancing with the Stars, Kelly Clarkson at this year’s American Music Awards, and Florence and the Machine at The MTV Video Music Awards. Currently, he teaches on tour for JUMP Dance Convention. Nick is a founding member of the Los Angeles based dance company Shaping Sound.
SD: How did winning season one of So You Think You Can Dance, change your life?
NL: It changed a lot of things. The show themselves changed the way the world views and appreciates dance more. It really has become a huge phenomenon. It hasn’t hurt my career either. I have been given so many new and amazing opportunities that before all this I never dreamed of having.
SD: Can you tell us about Shaping Sound?
NL: The idea started about 5 years ago when we decided we were tired working for other people. We wanted to create a company and perform shows that were our own creation. Travis Wall, artistic director, got a call to do a reality show and that helped us get a little bit of notoriety and some interest from a producer and the rest is history. So far, it has been amazing.
SD: How much of dance is technique or personality?
NL: It is a little of both. You can have the technique and moves down, but it is the personality that brings the dance and movement to life.
SD: Where does your dance inspiration come from?
NL: As far back as I can remember, I have always wanted to perform and dance. It’s in my genetic DNA. My grandmother always would say, “He loves to just be fluttering about.
SD: With four co-founders of the show, how does the creative input work?
NL: It is definitely a give and take with a lot of work. With this new show, Travis took the reins with the story and Teddy Forance (co-founder of Shaping Sound Co.) and I worked on the choreography.
For more information about Nick and Shaping Sound visit www.shapingsoundco.com and to purchase tickets to Travis Wall’s SHAPING SOUND: After The Curtain on Saturday, June 17th, visit www.bochcenter.org