Executive and Artistic Director, Ballet North Texas
Nicolina Lawson is the Artistic Director and founder of Ballet North Texas. Ms. Lawson’s initial training was grounded in the method of the Royal Academy of Dance at Redding City Ballet under the direction of Jacqueline Lawrence and Cindy Michaels. Over the years she has gained extensive exposure to the classical training methods developed by Vaganova, and Cecchetti as well as the style of Balanchine. Mrs. Lawson is also well versed in the modern dance syllabuses of Graham, Horton, and Limón. She has trained and attended summer programs and workshops with Alonso King’s Lines Ballet, State Street Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Group, Redding City Ballet, José Limón Dance Foundation, Pacific North West Ballet, and Teatro della Danza.
Throughout Mrs. Lawson’s performance career, she has acquired a vast repertoire that includes various principal roles such as; Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Fairy of the Dawn in Appalachian Spring, Flower Seller in Gaite Parisienne, Autumn in Cinderella, Lilac Fairy and Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, Kitri in Don Quixote, and Dying Swan in Carnival of the Animals, Les Sylphide, Swan Lake, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coppélia, Scheherazade, Snow White, Romeo and Juliet, Balanchine’s Who Cares and Donizetti Variations. Her contemporary and modern dance credits include; Alonso King’s Gurdjieff Piano Music, Reoccurrence, and Stealing Light, Mark Morris’ Dido and Aeneas, Alaska Dance Theatre’s premiere of Yup'ik (Swan Lake) under the direction of Gillmer Duran, Redding City Ballet’s Red Violin and Scolput, and Momentum Dance Collective’s Over, Beyond, Across, Through directed by Becky Kendell, a project that afforded her the opportunity to train with Project Bandaloop in vertical and aerial dancing.
Nicolina Lawson’s teaching career began with instructing ballet classes on the U.S. military base while she was dancing in Aviano, Italy. In Alaska she guest taught for Alaska Dance Theater and did dance outreach for the Anchorage ISD with Momentum Dance Collective. In 2013 she joined Wichita Falls Ballet Theater as Ballet Mistress and Rehearsal Assistant under the direction of Mishic Marie and Valentine Liberatore. Currently, she teaches at Studio C in Burleson and is working directly with Anna Sessions to build North Texas Conservatory, the official school of Ballet North Texas.
Mrs. Lawson’s choreographic credits include classical and neo classical works such as; La Valse, Syncopations, Sarabande, The Road, Todo Cambia, Illuminations, Escape, The Mountain, and Traveler. As Artistic Director of Ballet North Texas’, Mrs. Lawson has extended her choreographic credits to include her original Nutcracker for Ballet North Texas, a complete restaging of Arthur Saint-Léons’ Coppélia, and her original neo classical ballet, The Red Violin, all premiered and successfully received in the company’s inaugural season.
Nicolina Lawson holds two Bachelor of Science Degrees in Business Administration and Marketing with a Certificate in Accounting from the University of Maryland and is the owner/designer of Nicolina Dancewear & Design.