Nicola commenced ballet classes at the tender age of 3, studying the Royal Academy of Dance Examination Syllabus up to Solo Seal level, and was awarded the title of Associate (ARAD) aged 18. She continued her professional dance training, earning a Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance), specialising in Choreography and Pedagogy.
Following a professional performing career, with The South Australian Ballet Company, Nicola realised her heart lay with Dance Education, so returned to the University of Queensland to complete a Bachelor of Science in Human Movement Studies, majoring in Anatomy, Child Growth and Development, and Dance Aesthetics. On completion of her degree she was invited back to become a lecturer and practical tutor in Laban Analysis and Educational Dance, and became involved in teaching and designing dance music programmes for children with Down's Syndrome and other special needs.
Nicola was awarded the Teaching Diploma with Distinction, and the Registered Teacher Status (RTS) with the Royal Academy of Dance, in addition to the BBA NDA Highland Dance Teaching Certificate, also with Distinction. She used her wide background in dance styles to gain extensive experience throughout Australia, employed in various private ballet and theatre schools, government educational institutions at both secondary and tertiary level, guest teaching for holiday programmes, and adjudicating for state dance competitions. As Co-Director of Brisbane Dance Centre, she was instrumental in the establishment of a full time vocational dance course, including the associated academic subjects such as Dance History, Body Mechanics and Anatomy for the Dancer.
Nicola has a keen interest in choreography and has created works for Brisbane College Dance Co, pantomime, advertisements and talent quests for national television, conventions and charity benefits.
A move to Dubai in 1990, enabled Nicola to focus on the establishment of DanceHorizons, where she has nurtured many students from their first dance steps to professional level. Many past students have continued to study dance around the world or progressed to associated fields, but all have taken away with them a strong love of the arts, and lifelong friendships.
Nicola has been approved by the Royal Academy of Dance as a Mentor for the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS) programme for several years and passed on her knowledge and love of Dance Education to a new generation of teachers. After several years of teaching students and developing a new generation of teachers she has handed the ballet school to her long term colleague and friend Melissa Gutierrez in 2019 to allow her to focus more time on her family while still being involved with DanceHorizons as a mentor and teacher to her beloved students. Her dedication to her students has been rewarded in 2020 with being awarded the "Outstanding Teacher Mentor Award"of the RAD Centenary Dance Teachers Awards an award "honouring the excellence of RAD Registered Teachers from around the world".