Nicholas Young

Nicholas Young is a New York based, Dancer, Musician and Choreographer, most recently a cast member of the off Broadway sensation STOMP. Nicholas performed the lead roll for both the touring and New York based shows, acted as rehearsal director for the American tour, and is grateful to have spent more than 9 years with the show. Nicholas began his professional carrier at the age of 16 with the multi-formed Tapestry Dance Company of Austin, TX. Under the direction of Acia Gray and Deirdre Strand, he eventually moved to the positions of principal dancer and resident choreographer. While in Austin he was awarded " Best Male Dancer " in 2001, and " Best Choreography " in 2003, by the Austin Critics Council. Since moving to New York, Nicholas has performed with Manhattan Tap, Rumba Tap, Hoofing to Hitting with Jared Grimes, " Jazz in Motion " with Sarah and Leela Petronio in Paris, and most recently with Michelle Dorrance's company, " Dorrance Dance ", in her critically acclaimed work, " Sound Space " In which Brian Seibert of the New York Times stated " But the height of virtuosity came in a late body-percussion solo by Nicholas Young. Snapping, clapping, stomping and clicking his tongue, Mr. Young played the church with his body, a one-man band juggling two or three rhythms at once, developing a sophisticated composition within Ms. Dorrance's." He has been a featured percussionist with Cyro Baptista's fusion Brazilian ensemble " Beat The Donkey " and drummer for Indi-pop star Darwin Deez, touring throughout North and South America, Europe, and Japan. His original compositions and production was included in the newly released tap dance documentary " Tap or Die " directed by Jackie Pare'. Nicholas has been a master teacher for festivals world wide teaching Tap and Body Percussion for; Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Soul to Sole, New York's Tap City, Stockholm Tap Festival, and many others. He recently premiered his New York based dance company SoundMovement in which Trina Mannino for the Dance Enthusiast reviewed " The most ground breaking use of rhythm was found in SoundMovement Dance Company's Environments. ". Nicholas is currently working on conceptualizing an evening of dance, sound design and music to be premiered in the summer of 2013.