Manders To Open Bermuda Dance Academy

September 9, 2015

As part of her goal to own a dance school, local dance teacher, Nikia Manders, has launched Bermuda Dance Academy with classes beginning September 19, 2015, at The Berkeley Institute.

Currently the Instructional Leader and Dance Teacher at The Berkeley Institute, Ms Manders teaches dance and choreography to S1 – S4 students who perform annually in a Dance Concert, the Bermuda Day Parade, AQA GCSE Dance courses and an International Dance Festival.

Ms Manders, Owner & Head Teacher at Bermuda Dance Academy says; “Dance has made such a positive impact on my life. I’m really looking forward to expanding myself as a teacher and choreographer and embarking on this new challenge, which I hope will inspire others keen to develop in the art.

For this first year, we were able to secure studio space at The Berkeley Institute, however, Bermuda Dance Academy is actively seeking to occupy a space of its own for the 2016/17 school year.”

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Having begun dance and gymnastics at the age of three at the Jackson’s School of Performing Arts and Tumble Tots respectively, Ms Manders went on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master of Arts in Dance Education from New York University, Steinhart School of Culture, Education and Human Development.

In addition to a 7 year teaching career with The Berkeley Institute, Ms Manders has also taught and choreographed in a variety of venues across the island and in the United States, Uganda and Trinidad. Ms Manders has performed locally with Bermuda Civic Ballet, Bermuda Dance Company and Concepts in Motion.

While her international experience has allowed collaboration with choreographers including Milton Myers, Rod Rodgers and Christopher Huggins as well as Celebrity Cruise Line, Milwaukee Dance Connection, Zodiaque Dance Company, Zodiaque Studio Dance Ensemble and Walt Disney Productions.

Ms. Manders adds; “Bermuda Dance Academy aims to cater to and impact a diverse spectrum of the community.

Combination classes will be offered on Saturdays for children ages 3-4 years and 6-8 years, while Thursday evenings have been reserved for students aged 14 through adult. Students can expect to learn dance technique, performance skills and flexibility.”

Should you wish to register for classes with the Bermuda Dance Academy or require any further details, simply email or ring 333-8111.

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  1. VJG says:

    I’m wishing you the BEST OF LUCK with your dance company!! BRAVO!!!
    Love, Vaughnie!!

  2. My2cents says:

    Well done Nikia! The sky is the limit!

  3. Anne Hines says:

    All the best, Nikki! Wishing you lots of students.
    Tumble Tots.

  4. Suishibuddy says:

    Great article Nikia!!! Looking foward to my little sprout blossoming under your expertise!

  5. Nathelee Simons says:

    Congratulations Ms Manders, i know you have been a source of support and inspiration to many studuents at the Berkeley institute, but i can speak specifically to my Youthnet mentee Roshunte. I pray that God will continue to guide you in this venture as well as all your endeavours.

    Come on.. Bermuda please support her as not just one of your own but a truly brilliant and well rounded Dance Professional with all the knowledge and experience that will guide Bermuda’s aspiring Dancers/Choregraphers to become World Class… ohh my.. imagine the positive results that can be gained and the benefits to Bermuda’s Performing Arts Industry.

    Much Blessings to you and your team Ms Manders, God Bless Always.

  6. Syrica Richardson says:

    Congratulations Nikia. I remember a conversation related to this at Jackson’s. All the best.

  7. Nikia Manders says:

    Thank you all for your support! I am truly excited and blessed to have this opportunity.