Nicole Duffy is the Programs Advisor for the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance Preprofessional Division. She was raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she began her training at Ballets de San Juan under Maria Carrera and Ana Garcia. She made her professional debut with BSJ, dancing in the great 19th century classics and Balanchine masterworks, mentored by luminaries such as Fernando Bujones, Frederic Franklin, Melissa Hayden, and Ivan Nagy.
After further training at SAB, Joffrey Ballet School, and Alvin Ailey, she joined the Joffrey Ballet in New York and in Chicago. During her Joffrey years she danced ballets by Joffrey, Arpino, Ashton, Balanchine, Cranko, Limon, DeMille, Page, Laura Dean, Alonzo King, David Parsons, and Ann Reinking, among many others. She danced in all the historic Ballets Russes reconstructions, and was featured in the ground-breaking ballet Billboards, with music by Prince.
Ms. Duffy is also a director and repetiteur for the Gerald Arpino Foundation, staging the ballets of Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino around the world. She teaches at Barnard College and Steps on Broadway, co-founded New York Dance Project, and was on faculty at the Harlem School of the Art and Marymount Manhattan College. She holds a BA from Columbia University and a Master’s degree from NYU in Dance and Art History, and her writing has been published by Dance Informa, Eye on Dance and the Arts, the Massachusetts Review, and Esferas. Ms. Duffy loves teaching the Ballet Hispanico company, and her new role as advisor and faculty at the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance.