Georgia Nicholls : Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Georgia is currently in her second year studying towards a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Philosophy. She graduated 2nd equal in her year group at ACG Strathallan College in 2015 and has since enjoyed studying at the University of Waikato. During her first year she was involved in a number of dance events and performances but perhaps the most humbling and rewarding, were working with Karen Barbour towards performing at the Tertiary Dance Festival in Auckland and her contribution towards a masters student's choreographic project. These were particularly great opportunities for Georgia to both gain and apply knowledge from experienced dancers. This year she aspires to organise a dance event in collaboration with other dance scholars to fundraise towards local charities.
- Won First Place at a Dance Competition - 05/02/2016
I won first place at a National Ceroc Competiton held at St Cuthbert's College for the Professional-Amateur category. This involved random pairing of Newcomer dancers (myself) and Professional dancers who would dance together competitively for one of, if not the first time, on stage together. This was my first time competing in this category and I was really excited to have the opportunity to be dancing with a professional.
- Dance Workshops - 05/02/2016
At a Ceroc dance competition and workshop weekend held at St Cuthbert's College, I took part in multiple workshops held by renowned dancers across New Zealand and also from overseas. Being a newcomer at the time, I was fortunate enough to be moved up from this category to Intermediate level. This allowed me to learn from Australian dancers, Zac Skinner, Matthew Fairburn and Emma Keating. Their diverse dance background gave me a wealth of knowledge to learn from and a great challenge as a dancer.
- Performing at Tertiary Dance Festival - 27/06/2016
Being able to perform at the Tertiary Dance Festival with the dance scholars was an awesome experience. Karen, the other scholars and I worked very hard on choreographing and perfecting a 6 minute contemporary piece. Considering we are not full time professional dancers who were performing alongside dancers of this calibre, I was really proud of the finished work. I felt we held our own and were able to present a work to be proud of.
- Tertiary Dance Festival Workshops - 27/06/2016
Participating in the Tertiary Dance Festival workshops allowed me to learn from a variety of renowned dancers with a wealth of knowledge and expertise. I was able to try dance genres I had no experience in whatsoever which was really interesting. For example, learning Maori dance with rakau from Charles Koroneho was a completely new and interesting learning experience.
- Gabriel's Special Topic Choreographic Project - 26/10/2016
Being involved with Gabriel Baker's special topic choreographic project was an awesome opportunity for me to learn from a highly experienced and creative dancer whilst also contributing my own ideas to the piece. This involved myself, Gabriel and another dance scholar, Courtney. We met weekly for 2 or 3 months and worked on a contemporary spoken word dance with the idea of Women's Rights in mind. I really enjoyed this experience and felt I learned a lot from both of the girls throughout the process.
- Second Place at Waikato Ceroc Championship - 05/05/2017
I competed at the 2017 Waikato Ceroc Championships and won 2nd place in the Adam and Eve category. I had to dance with someone I had never met before and at a more advanced level than me. It is a competition open to anyone in New Zealand and people come from all parts of the country, but most competitors are from Waikato, Auckland and Christchurch.