Nicola DeVries, a North Houston based choreographer and performer, studied modern dance at Texas State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2008. Nicola largely credits her aesthetic to Erick Hawkins technique, Laban Movement Analysis and exploration in improvisation. While at university, she received several scholarships, including the Orchesis Dance Scholarship and the Joan Hays Achievement in Choreography Award. She was a member of Orchesis Dance Company and Merge Dance Company, both based in Austin, TX. Upon returning to her hometown, Nicola co-founded Ascend Dance Collective in 2014 and continues to act as Executive & Artistic director for the company. She also has created project-based dance works alongside some of Houston’s most acclaimed choreographers and has performed for Pilot Dance Project and Suchi Dance. Nicola’s work has been featured in Dance Source Houston’s Mind the Gap, Best of the Fringe Festival, Austin’s 10-Minute Max and community events, such as ArtFeel and The Woodlands Art Festival. She is an educator of dance/creative movement at PAC Dance Studio and hopes to continue her mission of bringing the arts to broader audiences both locally and within the Houston community.