Nicholas Cunningham is an established choreographer, spanning many styles including Broadway, contemporary, concert dance, commercial and more. His choreography is characterized by an expansive career that has arched over all styles of dance. His diversity is key, allowing him to work toward a main goal that creates endless opportunity for originality and movement specific to each project. He is authentically inspired by two main styles: theatrical jazz and contemporary dance. Studying ballet and contemporary dance under the guidance of the celebrated faculty at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Cunningham was inspired by choreographers who have truly shaped the world of contemporary dance today. Like William Forsythe, Mats Ek, Jirí Kilián, Nacho Duato, Stephen Petronio, Russell Maliphant, Ohad Naharin and more recently Sharon Eyal, Paul Lightfoot and Alexander Ekman. Alongside this well-founded understanding for contemporary dance, Cunningham is deeply passionate and has genuine knowledge for musical theatre/jazz dance history. He is continuously invigorated by the legacies of Jack Cole, Gene Kelly, Hermes Pan, Marc Breaux and Dee Dee Wood, Gwen Verdon and Bob Fosse and Michael Bennett.
Alongside these two main dance styles, Cunningham is passionate about creating an aesthetic that is appropriate for what is being challenged. This influences him to educate, study and admire all styles of dance, so he is fully versed to create something wholly original when presented any idea.
Cunningham is a one-of-a-kind, world-class hybrid that has evolved into a multiverse choreographer who strives to connect people with their minds and hearts through dance.