As the New Year and the spring semester bring new classes, they also bring a few fresh faces to campus — one of those being Nicki Loud, Troy’s new dance coordinator.
The students and faculty associated with Troy Dance Theatre are welcoming Loud and her extensive resume with open arms and expect only good things from her addition to the team. Originally from Seattle, Loud began her dance career early. At age 16 she was given the national title of New York City Dance Alliance Senior Outstanding Dancer, and it was all upwards from there. She proceeded to travel all across the country, working with conventions such as NYCDA, Co. Dance and Tremaine as an assistant to many choreographers.
She has worked on two seasons of “So You Think You Can Dance” as an assistant choreographer as well as “Dancing With The Stars.” Her choreography was debuted in “REVOLUTION,” a rock ‘n’ roll show that toured North America from 2007 to 2009. To add to her already impressive achievements, Loud received an “Outstanding Choreographer” award for a piece called “The Hills”, performed by a “So You Think You Can Dance” finalist.
Another award came for Loud in 2012 — “Best Choreographer” at the NYC Dance Awards, after which she was invited to be a finalist for the third time at the Capezio A.C.E. Awards in NYC. Not limited to the stage, Loud has also danced on Stacey Tookey and Gene Gabriel’s new web drama, “Chasing 8’s” and the popular French television show, “Vivement Dimanche”.
The BFA is centered around three types of dance — ballet, modern and commercial. Students and faculty are confident that Loud will help fill the gap by being full-time in commercial dance and by bringing styles not yet experienced in the Troy Dance Theatre.
No time was wasted putting Loud to work — three student-choreographed pieces were chosen to perform at the Alabama Dance Festival, so she immediately jumped in to schedule and oversee rehearsals. Troy is proud to have had Patrick Pugh’s piece “Going Home” selected to open the New Works Concert last Saturday. Jordan Gulledge’s piece “Paedeia” and Kimberly Sausman’s “Candor” performed in the festival showcase as well — with Loud’s help Troy had the most works chosen for weekend performance.
The addition of Nicki Loud, and her vast experience, is viewed as a very positive change to the Troy Dance Theatre. Dancer Brooke Pilcher says “She has so much experience in the commercial field. Everyone looks up to her—she pushes us to be better