Nicole Duffy Robertson

NICOLE DUFFY ROBERTSON is a co-founder and Associate Artistic Director of New York Dance Project. She danced with the Joffrey Ballet for over a decade, based both in New York and in Chicago. Her repertory included works by Joffrey, Arpino, Ashton, Balanchine, Cranko, Limon, Massine, and Nijinska, among many others. She also worked with contemporary choreographers such as Alonzo King and David Parsons.

Ms. Duffy is a répétiteur for The Gerald Arpino Foundation, dedicated to passing on the historical Joffrey repertory to the next generation. She has staged many Arpino ballets including Light Rain and Birthday Variations, and assisted Trinette Singleton in the reconstruction of Robert Joffrey’s Gamelan. She teaches master classes and workshops nationally and internationally, guest teaches for Ballet Hispanico, STEPS on Broadway, and is on the faculty of Marymount Manhattan College. Most recently, she taught at Barnard College as a Visiting Artist. Ms. Duffy designed and implemented the Dance History curriculum for the Joffrey Ballet School, and was a ballet master of the Joffrey Concert Group.

Raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she began her training with Ana Garcia and Maria Carrera at Ballets de San Juan, dancing the classics, Balanchine repertory, and works by resident choreographer Ramon Molina. During her time at BSJ she also worked with Frederic Franklin, Ivan Nagy, and Melissa Hayden, and shared the stage with luminaries such as Rudolf Nureyev, Fernando Bujones and Cynthia Gregory. Ms. Duffy has a B.A. in Art History from Columbia University, and has an M.A. in Dance and Art History from New York University’s Gallatin School. Her writing has been published in The Massachussetts Review, Eye on Dance and the Arts, and the NYU journal Esferas.

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