Cunningham graduated from both the Queensland Dance School of Excellence (affiliated with the Queensland Ballet) and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. After completing his education, he was awarded the acclaimed Marten Bequest Scholarship.
Nicholas teaches masterclasses and mentors across the world from companies to dance centers, conventions, colleges, universities and dance schools. These classes range from day-to-day classes (ballet, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, commercial and tap), masterclasses, technique classes, show repertoire, coaching, movement coaching for actors and private one-on-ones.
Currently, he is the Head of Dance at The Institute for American Musical Theatre in New York City. As Head of Dance he oversees the dance program and acts as a tireless advocate, teacher, and mentor to his students. He hopes to inspire young artists to follow their dreams and make them become a reality by focusing on refining their craft to work with purpose and intention.