Nicholas Jachno is a Canberra based Contemporary Dancer. He studied a range of dance techniques at Canberra Dance Development Centre before attending The New Zealand School of Dance, Graduating with a Diploma in Dance Performance majoring in Contemporary.
During Nicholas’ time at the school he was involved in a remount of Hofesh Shechter's Political Mother for the 2016 graduation season. In his third year he also worked alongside Footnote New Zealand Dance, was an understudy of the 2017 rendition of Tiki Tane Mahuta and worked with Craig Bary to create a solo for the schools 50th Anniversary season Once. The solo was then taken to Sydney as part of the Parachute Festival held by Legs on the Wall.
In 2018, Nicholas has been a part of Malia Johnston’s, Rushes, for the 2018 New Zealand Arts Festival, which received four Wellington Theatre Awards. He was also a dancer and collaborator in a design film project, Kinesis, that was displayed as part of the Lux Light Festival in Wellington and received a Bronze award at the Best Design Awards 2018. Nicholas also worked for Cadi McCarthy as a dancer in Catapult Dance Hubs premiere Season of That Place in Between.
Describe your teaching style in 3 words.
A: open, generous, guiding
What has dance taught you about life?
A: It has taught me that I have power and control over my life. It has empowered, educated and evolved my outlook on life.
What do you love about dance?
I love that it is understood by every culture in the world. It has no boundaries.
What is your motivation as a dancer and as an instructor?
My motivation as a dancer are the people around me. The people I take class with, work with or the people I meet through my art. My motivation as an instructor is to be the kinds of teachers that shaped my life and guided me to where I am today.