Nikki Hefko





As a member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, under the direction of Arthur Mitchell, Nikki danced in some of the world’s greatest theaters, such as Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, and the Sadler’s Wells Theatre.  She toured the states and abroad dancing a full repertoire of classical, neo-classical, and contemporary ballets by George Balanchine, Michael Smuin, and John Taras.  In 2006, she performed at the White House, captured in the PBS Special, In Performance at the White House, honoring the life and career of Arthur Mitchell.   Additionally, Nikki danced with Les Grands Ballet Canadiens, The Metropolitan Opera and other companies as a freelance dancer.  During her time in New York, Nikki branched out into the world of theatre and experimental dance performing with Kinetic Dance Theatre and Caridad Martinez and Dancers at the La Mama Experimental Theatre.


Nikki’s choreography has been performed at various New York City venues, at the Louisiana Dance Festival in Baton Rouge, LA, The Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans) and by the Madison Ballet (Madison, WI).  In 2012, she was selected by Harlem Stage to present her acclaimed work, myself when i am real, to the music of Charles Mingus.  In 2013, paired with composer Patricia Giannattasio, she choreographed Dance Theatre of Harlem company members for Music and Motion, Original Dance and Music, CUNY Composers' Alliance.  Created by Grammy nominated composer Tania Leon, Music and Motion paired choreographers and composers to collaborate and create work performed by professional dancers and The American Modern Ensemble.  In 2015, Nikki joined New Orleans' Marigny Opera Ballet as a choreographer and company teacher.  Since, her work for the Marigny Opera Ballet has twice been nominated for the Big Easy Entertainment Awards, once in 2016 and again in 2017.

Owner and artistic director of New Orleans School of Ballet, Nikki is a 2017-18 School of American  Ballet National Visiting Fellow and an American Ballet Theater® Certified Teacher in levels Pre-Primary through 7 of the ABT® National Teacher Training Curriculum.  She was a full time faculty member at Dance Theatre of Harlem School for 7 years and also served as the Summer Intensive Director.  Nikki was faculty member, company teacher and Summer Intensive Director at Brooklyn Ballet and a ballet instructor at The Joffrey Ballet School NY.  She travels frequently as a choreographer and guest instructor nation wide.