Meet Our Staff          

Miss Nicole Keuchkarian
Owner, Director, Choreographer, Instructor

A native of Watertown. Nicole has not only danced since the age of 3, but she has also had her share of athletics. At Watertown High school she played varsity Field Hockey and Softball since her freshman year, being named Boston Herald all Scholastic for both sports. Upon graduating, with the dream of pursuing a career in teaching dance at her own studio, she decided to attend Regis College on an academic scholarship where Nicole earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, which helped her to establish Nicole’s Studio of Dance in 2003. Nicole then took her dance career to a different level and her long-time dreams came true.

Over the past 25 years, Nicole has studied dance under master teachers, taking classes in different teaching techniques for all disciplines including lyrical and classical ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop and pointe. As well as supporting curriculum such as music theory, dance notations, nutrition, body alignment and dance history. Nicole’s unwavering devotion to the art of dance shines through in the knowledge she shares with her students.

In 1999 Nicole earned one of the most distinctive teaching credentials in the New England area when she was certified by test to teach and became a member of DTCB affiliated with the American Society. Nicole’s admiration and passion for the art of dance has taken her through many teaching and performing opportunities. She has been invited to various studios throughout Massachusetts to teach master classes, founded the WHS Dance Team in 2003, was the principle dancer and choreographer for the RCDC from 1998-2002, danced with SNDC from 1996-2006. From 2003- 2008 Nicole has been invited to visit local preschools and high schools to share her passion for dance in an hour instruction in different disciplines.  In February of 2008 Nicole competed at the Boston Park Plaza hotel in the Eastern United States Dancesport Competition and took six first places in all six dances. 
In March of 2008 Nicole competed at the Tri-State Challenge in Connecticut, MA where she took 4 first places and 4 second places in 8 different dances.

Nicole continues to perform in addition to actively attend dance seminars and conventions with Dance America, Dance Olympus, Dance Masters of America, Dance Teachers Club of Boston and various other associations, enabling her to incorporate a unique fusion of classical along with modern and newest dance material for all of her students. Nicole’s wealth of experience as a teacher and performer has enabled her to encourage and motivate her students to achieve the highest quality of dance education.

Nicole’s Studio of Dance
14 Warren St. Unit #3
Waltham/Watertown Line
MA. 02453
Tel:617-721-6234
E-Mail: dancingnsod@gmail.com
 
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Marina Keuchkarian
Choreographer, Instructor

Marina is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and singer.  She began studying tap, jazz and ballet in 1987 at the age of 3, under the instruction of Joan O’Brien at Belmont School of Dance and remained there for 15 years where she gained technical experience, performance experience, and teaching experience as an assistant teacher.  At only 10 years old she began landing leading roles in musical theater productions in Watertown and Boston Children’s Theaters, where she first learned vocal technique, music theory and ways to incorporate dance into theater.  Marina sang, danced, and acted in more than 15 plays and musicals between the ages of 10 and 19.  In 2001 she took summer classes in tap, jazz and dance-theater at the Eleanor Rubino Academy of Performing Arts in East Boston.  From 2003 to 2004 she moved to Orlando, Fl and studied hip-hop under Darryl Blackman and various other teachers and performed at the University of Central Florida and Disney World.

In 2007 Marina graduated from Suffolk University in Boston with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish, and a double minor in dance and education.  In March of 2007 Marina traveled to Spain to study Spanish flamenco dance under the instruction of the most prestigious teachers at Casa Patas in Madrid.  She has performed flamenco in Spain and in Boston, even for Suffolk University on various occasions.  Not only has Marina danced nationally and internationally, but her classes for her minor at Suffolk have also allowed her to study under some of the country’s finest teachers.  Marina has taken music theory and the history of Broadway with Dr. Marylin Plotkins, the fundamentals of Jazz with Jennifer Farrell, Broadway dance with Dawn Davis-Loring, and ballet essentials, imagery, alignment and technique with Margot Parsons, (former dancer of the American Ballet Theater and instructor/choreographer for the Boston Ballet). 

Marina continues her ballet education through classes with Nicole Pierce of Green Street Studios, and flamenco dance with Ramon de los Reyes at the Dance Complex.  She has been certified by test to teach with both Dance Teacher’s Club of Boston (DTCB) and Dance Master’s of America (DMA), and she has participated in the Dance Educators Training Courses with both associations.  She currently teaches tap, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop at Nicole’s Studio of Dance. 

 

Niari Keverian
Choreographer, Instructor

Niari started studying dance at the early age of 2 years old. Starting at such an early age, dance has always been such a big part of her life and she has continued that passion through her professional career. Growing up, she attended Walnut Hill School's dance program and trained under the direction of top internationally renowned ballet masters for 12 years, and for 2 years at Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA). During her time at both schools, she studied the art of classical ballet in a rigorous professional setting with training up to 6 days/20 hours per week. While attending Walnut Hill, she also held responsibility as an assistant teacher. She continued her dance education at University of New Hampshire where she received a dance minor and expanded her dance repertoire beyond classical ballet. While attending UNH, she was a company member of the UNH Dance Company all 4 years inclusive of a principle soloist lead. She also participated in all the student-led dance showcases as both a dancer and choreographer in various styles of dance.

Alongside her dance training, Niari also was heavily involved with community musical theatre performing in numerous productions in various roles. She attended Charles River Creative Arts Program for 12+ summers with a heavy focus on musical theatre and dance. Niari has worked with productions out of Belmont Children's Theatre, Open Fields, Public and Private High Schools, and Woodland Threatre Company.

Niari In addition to teaching, dancing, and choreographing at NSOD, she also is a dancer and member of Sayat Nova Dance Company and has been a dance company member of Danceworks Boston. She always continues to take master classes to keep in tune with the latest trends within the dance industry and bring those lessons back to her class setting. Credits include, 16 seasons of numerous roles in Walnut Hill's production of the Nutcracker, FSPA Dance Company including Disney World performances, UNH Dance Company, Sayat Nova Dance Company , NSODisney, Celtics performances, and Danceworks Boston Company performances. Niari holds an MBA from Babson College.

 

Christopher DiNicola
Choreographer, Instructor

Chris has been a dancer at Phunk Phenomenon since the age of 17. Within his career at Phunk Phenomenon Dance Company, he has worked his way up from a dancer, to a teacher, to a lead choreographer, to eventually become the assistant director of the dance company. Chris has been the right hand of owner/director of Phunk Phenomenon Reia Connor, for the better part of 10yrs.

His choreography credits include- "Lil Phunk Boyz" Hip Hop International (HHI) US champs, and World champs, -Prelude New York First place, -Beast of The East 2010, and 2011 Champions, HHI US bronze, and silver medals, EDC senior dance 2012 champions, Bean Town Bounce First place. He has choreographed Lil Phunk Celtics Team and Teen Phunk dance teams for consecutive years. He has also choreographed for Vibes Dance Crew, Weapons Of Mass, Bravo Dance, and for Phunk Phenomenons Americas Best Dance Crew Season 6.

He has worked with and opened for many artists throughout the years, his credits include; Chris Brown, Mac Miller, 112, James Massone, RUN DMC, Miguel, Jordan Knight, Stevie B and many more. He has performed all over the world, on tv, and on many different stages. His performance credits include-MTVS Americas Best Dance Crew season 6, -BET Wild Out Weds, -Boston Celtics Halftime, -Hip Hop International Las Vegas and LA, -Ireland Hip Hop Championships Dublin, -World Of Dance, Prelude Dance, Boston and New York, -112 California Tour, -BC, BU, NU, Yale , SU and many colleges throughout Massachusetts and the rest of the country.

Chris has an impressive amount of experience as a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and judge.