Hello. My name is Nicholas Cunningham. I am an Artist, Choreographer and Teacher living New York City.
Australian born, Nicholas Cunningham trained at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. After completing an Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts, he was awarded the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship for Dance 2005/2006. He then moved to Paris in late 2005, to dance at the Bal du Moulin Rouge.
In 2006 Nicholas made his debut on West End in Broadway’s Tony Award-winning show Movin’ Out, directed and choreographed by Twyla Tharp. Nicholas joined Matthew Bourne’s company New Adventures in late 2006, starting an international tour with Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, performing in seven different countries worldwide.
Commercial work includes, McCains airing on ITV and Channel 4, Orangina, the gala launching Toyota’s 2009 range of cars and the opening of Terminal 5. He has assisted in five screen productions, including the feature film The Boat That Rocked, directed by Richard Curtis and a video for the launch of the YSL summer range, in which he also appeared.
He was the Associate Choreographer on the Pet Shop Boys “Pandemonium” world tour 2009/2010. That same year he performed in the Olivier Award winning Revival of La Cage aux Folles on West End as Hanna from Hamburg. While performing in La Cage Nicholas was featured in the musical film Nine, directed by Oscar winner Rob Marshall.
Nicholas made his Broadway Debut in the Tony Award winning Broadway Revival of La Cage aux Folles in 2010. He was the Associate Choreographer and Dance Captain.
He has featured in magazines around the world, Bleep, Out, Dance Australia, Dance Spirit, Next, DNA and Time Out Magazine. Shooting with many photographers including, Kevin McDermott, Richard Gerst, Rick Day, Paul Reitz, Jonathan Skow, Harol Baez, Michael Dar, Marco Ovando, Tibor Golob.
He toured in extensively throughout Europe with Romeo and Juliet, playing the principal role of Paris. In 2014 he made his return to Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake for another international tour, including Asia and Italy.
In 2015 he performed The Trojans as a Principal Dancer at the San Francisco Opera, he then joined the company of The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, as the Slave Master/Solo Dancer.
"There is no elevator to success — you have to take the stairs."
Nicholas is a avid music lover, EDM to Opera. He played the piano for 15 years, and is a lover of the great outdoors and with all activities involved. Being a teacher at three different performing arts colleges in NYC keeps him busy and when traveling he will teach at many well known establishments around the world, The Institute of American Musical Theatre (Head of Dance) - New York City, Joffrey Ballet School, Fiorello H. La Guardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts, Pineapple Dance Studios - London, Bikurei Haitim Arts Center - Tel Aviv, Raw Dance Center - Brisbane, Mad Dance House - Brisbane.
He is also an advocate/speaker for various sober companies @soberissexy, @recoveryrockstars, @kredlife_. One main goal of Nicholas' would be to communicate more about addiction and keep an open dialogue with each other to hopefully guide people who are struggling into a phase of life which brings joy and positivity. Which can really help people live the life they have always wanted.
In 2017 he took leave from The Phantom of the Opera to perform at the Belasco Theatre in Michael Moore’s The Terms of my Surrender, directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer.
Nicholas’s most recent accolade was performing as one of twenty “Street Chorus" performers in Bernstein’s Mass for Bernstein’s Centennial at the Ravina Festival in Chicago. The piece was performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by world renown Marin Alsop, and directed by Kevin Newberry.
Nicholas is currently on leave from The Phantom of the Opera to perform in an American premiere of Nico Muhly’s “Marnie” at The Metropolitan Opera.
Resident of New York City. Green Card Holder. British/EU Passport. Australian Passport.
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