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Nick Kenkel

Nick Kenkel realized his love for the stage performing as a Michael Jackson impersonator during his childhood, growing up on a horse farm in South Bend, Indiana. Although having come to Indiana University as an Accounting major, during his years at IU Nick discovered the African American Dance Company, and found an outlet for his love of dance. Nick was a member of AADC from 1994 to 1996. Nick began to seriously study dance on the side while working as a C.P.A. in Chicago. After moving to New York, the allure of show business (and a mammoth corporate accounting scandal) pushed him into pursuing dance fulltime. Nick attributes his love for choreography and performing to the pop music pioneers of the 80’s who revolutionized the music video as an art form. The NY stage has subsequently provided his biggest source of inspiration for story telling through the vehicle of dance. Nick has performed on Broadway in The Wedding Singer, Legally Blonde, Catch Me If You Can, and Evita starring Ricky Martin. He has danced for recording artists such as Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Missy Elliott, Gwen Stefani, Jamie Foxx, Mariah Carey, Anastasia, and Debbie Gibson. Nick was the Associate Director and Co-Choreographer for PEEPSHOW in Las Vegas at the Planet Hollywood Casino and Resort starring Mel B., Holly Madison and CoCo Austin. Nick was the Assistant Choreographer on Legally Blonde and Associate Choreographer on Catch Me If You Can. Nick has choreographed for television commercials/ promos, recording artists, and musical/ stage shows but is most proud to serve as a choreographer and now director for Broadway Bares, an annual concert that raises over a million dollars each year for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Nick Kenkel’s Website

Photos of Nick Kenkel’s visit to AAAI

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