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Teachers at the Old Town School

Nichola Goss

Ballet

Nichola Goss’s dance career started as a youngster with the Southwest Texas Dance Repertoire and Star Search, she continued until receiving a BFA with honors from the University of Texas at Austin. Nichola has dance professionally in Austin, Dallas, and Chicago. Evanston Arts grant recipient, syllabus writer and instructor for Evanston Community Foundation dance program, she has even choreographed for little ones in Ralph’s World. She holds a professional teacher’s certificate with the Cecchetti Council of America, an organization dedicated to maintaining the standards and method of classical ballet training established by Cavalier Enrico Cecchetti, and is currently the Midwest treasure. Nichola has been teaching dance in the NorthShore area since 1995 including Chicago Public Schools to the Joffery.

A note from Nichola about her teaching philosophy:

Since childhood, dancing has been my release and joy in life. Teaching has been a passion fulfilled as I believe the body to be an instrument through which one is able to communicate. Facilitating the growth of others is truly rewarding. Watching a student conquer the movement with their personal artistry is inspiring.

My classroom experience is based on creating a physical, mental, and emotional atmosphere in which respect is expected. As the body is continually adapting to one’s social and mental environments, I strive to have a supportive dance space. I encourage dancers to challenge themselves, yet also provide support, as I feel it is important for one to also leave class with a feeling of accomplishment.

I am influenced by the Cecchetti Method, Graham, Cunningham, and release technique. I have spent years entertaining jazz, tap, and drama. I have been exposed to several forms of dance from Hawaiian, African, Israeli folk, and country line and see they all have posture elements that are important to performing. I believe a strong understanding of ballet is an important tool in succeeding in many forms as body alignment and spatial awareness transform all disciplines.

My goal is for the students to gain personal strength and a desire to share dance as artists with society. I instill in my students that by understanding their body in space, they will feel more empowered.

I have worked with a variety of populations and cherish the dance all have to offer. Each body is a vessel with its unique talents and limitations ultimately sharing performance art every day.

Started at the Old Town School in May of 2019


Group Classes for the session beginning 09/02/2019

Ballet 4 with Nichola Goss

for kids with birthdays between: 03/02/2005 and 09/02/2009
Ballet IV is an advanced class for children who have been studying ballet for at least three years. Curriculum will develop your child’s expertise in classical ballet. Barre work will build strength and technique, while complex across the floor combinations will improve execution of turning and jumping. More demanding choreography will help the students achieve the ability to express themselves through movement. More attention will be paid to fluidity of movement, alignment, and balance.

$375 ($356 members)

09/09/2019 – 12/16/2019 (15 meetings)

Mondays · 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Ballet 5 with Nichola Goss

for kids with birthdays between: 09/02/2001 and 09/02/2009
Ballet 5 is an advanced class for children who have been studying ballet for at least three years. Curriculum will develop your child’s expertise in classical ballet. Barre work will build strength and technique, while complex across the floor combinations will improve execution of turning and jumping. More demanding choreography will help the students achieve the ability to express themselves through movement. More attention will be paid to fluidity of movement, alignment, and balance.

$375 ($356 members)

09/09/2019 – 12/16/2019 (15 meetings)

Mondays · 5:15 PM – 6:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Pointe with Nichola Goss

for kids with birthdays between: 09/02/2001 and 09/02/2008
Interested students are evaluated twice yearly to be approved for pointe shoes. Students who have developed the appropriate level of strength and alignment will be approved to advance. Students advacned to pointe will do basic exercises at the barre to strengthen feet and ankles, ensuring safety when building up to work away from the barre.

$195 ($184 members)

09/09/2019 – 12/16/2019 (15 meetings)

Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Senior Ballet with Nichola Goss

The perfect class for beginners or experienced dancers. Join us for this lovely exploration of movement and music especially geared toward folks in their prime!

$156 ($138 members)

09/04/2019 – 10/23/2019 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Ballet 4 with Nichola Goss

for kids with birthdays between: 03/04/2005 and 09/04/2009
Ballet IV is an advanced class for children who have been studying ballet for at least three years. Curriculum will develop your child’s expertise in classical ballet. Barre work will build strength and technique, while complex across the floor combinations will improve execution of turning and jumping. More demanding choreography will help the students achieve the ability to express themselves through movement. More attention will be paid to fluidity of movement, alignment, and balance.

$400 ($380 members)

09/04/2019 – 12/18/2019 (16 meetings)

Wednesdays · 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Ballet 5 with Nichola Goss

for kids with birthdays between: 09/04/2001 and 09/04/2009
Ballet 5 is an advanced class for children who have been studying ballet for at least three years. Curriculum will develop your child’s expertise in classical ballet. Barre work will build strength and technique, while complex across the floor combinations will improve execution of turning and jumping. More demanding choreography will help the students achieve the ability to express themselves through movement. More attention will be paid to fluidity of movement, alignment, and balance.

$400 ($380 members)

09/04/2019 – 12/18/2019 (16 meetings)

Wednesdays · 5:45 PM – 7:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Pointe & Pointe Prep with Nichola Goss

for kids with birthdays between: 09/04/2002 and 09/04/2009
Pointe & Pointe Prep is designed as a class to introduce students to more rigorous ballet study in preparation for advancement to pointe work. Students will continue with ballet exercises in demi-pointe designed to strengthen calf muscles, ankles, and arches of the feet. Exercises in this class will begin at the barre for safety and stability and graduate to the centre for more practice of their balance and increase in strength.

$208 ($196 members)

09/04/2019 – 12/18/2019 (16 meetings)

Wednesdays · 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Ballet 1B: ages 7 to 12 with Nichola Goss

for kids with birthdays between: 10/06/2006 and 09/06/2012
A beginners introduction to ballet, this class will lay the foundation for a continued dance education. Students will learn basic ballet positions and barre work. They will take these fundamentals and build on them with more complicated center work and locomotor ballet steps. Creative dance exercises will encourage students to express through movement and musicality, building a lifelong love of movement.

$345 ($326 members)

09/06/2019 – 12/20/2019 (15 meetings)

Fridays · 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Ballet Technique: 4 & 5 with Nichola Goss

for kids with birthdays between: 09/06/2001 and 09/06/2010
A ballet class purely focused on honing technichal excellence in ballet for advanced students.

$375 ($338 members)

09/06/2019 – 12/20/2019 (15 meetings)

Fridays · 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave