Nicholas Cunningham is an established choreographer and movement director for live shows, events, concerts, commercials, film and TV. His work spans many styles including Broadway, contemporary, concert dance, commercial and more. Cunningham comes from a diverse performing background spanning a successful career working on Broadway, London’s West End, concert dance, opera, film, television, stadium concerts and commercial work. Cunningham approaches each project with an open mind and a collaborative energy. This creates a space to explore the infinite imagination we have as human beings. By forming trust, he starts his process from a place of vulnerability and encourages each client to have creative courage and to let him turn an idea into a fully-fledged concept.
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.