DANCE SESSIONS

with NIKKI SANTILLI

Nikki is a vintage jazz dancer living and teaching in London at the Hot jazz Rag. She teaches solo and partnered vernacular jazz dances from the 1920s to the 1940s, such as Charleston, Jazz Roots and Balboa.

Nikki has performed various swing dance styles on the London stage and on television, most recently in The Tracy Ullman Show and in a new Gershwin cabaret.

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Collaborations

Nikki wrote the stage show Journey Through Jazz, which was staged at the Arts Depot in 2009 and 2010. She advised on the jitterbug scene for the West End show, From Here To Eternity and recently co-wrote and choreographed Tales From the Jazz Age for Youth Music Theatre in 2016. The relationship between dance and literature is an ongoing interest and has resulted in her dancing alongside poets reading their work.