GRACE NICKLOS is a dancer, educator, choreographer, and certified Pilates instructor with her BFA in Dance from Ohio University. Grace began her training as a youth at Royal School of Ballet under the direction of Joanne Hughes Morscher. While studying at Ohio University, she performed in various student, faculty, and guest artist works, as well as showcased her own original work. Currently, she is a company member and the Director of Education and Outreach for The Movement Project in Cleveland Ohio, a dance educator throughout northeast Ohio, and a Pilates teacher at ReFORM Physical Therapy and Pilates. Grace’s passion for arts and her dedication to exploring the body’s movement and connection to its surroundings guides her approach as an artist. Through her work with The Movement Project Grace leads the company’s outreach into schools, community centers, museums, and libraries. She also, leads the company’s school for youth, and through her role as a company member; performs and choreographs for the The Movement Project throughout the year. Her dancing and choreography has been presented at Cleveland Dance Festival, Cleveland Public Theater, The Breen Center, Lakewood Masonic Temple, Transformer Station Museum, SPACES Gallery, Pilgrim Church Theater, Parma Library Auditorium, 78 Street Studios, Cleveland’s Arts in August, Mentor Amphitheater, The Grove, Cuyahoga County Community College, and Going Dutch Festival. Her work in dance education and community outreach has led her to develop unique programs centered on connecting area youth and families to the arts, these programs have included Akron Art Museum’s ArtMoves, The Movement Project’s library movement literacy program SMART Moves, steam based program Science Matters, and Creative Movement year long residencies for local schools. Grace’s most recent choreographic works include Oneness, Flyway, Upstroke, Unacquired Contentment, The Sum, honed, and from a fixed point.