Nikki Santilli

Jazz Dance tutor
Nikki Santilli

Nikki is a vintage jazz dancer and teacher. She teaches solo and partnered vernacular jazz dances from the 1920s to the 1940s, such as Charleston, Jazz Roots and Balboa. She also teaches occasional classes at museums, primary schools and colleges.

Nikki wrote the stage show Journey Through Jazz, which was staged at the Arts Depot in 2009 and 2010. She advised on the jitterbug scene for the West End show, From Here To Eternity and recently co-wrote and choreographed Tales From the Jazz Age for Youth Music Theatre in 2016. The relationship between dance and literature is an ongoing interest and has resulted in her dancing alongside poets reading their work.

Nikki has performed various swing dance styles on the London stage and on television, most recently in The Tracy Ullman Show. She is currently in rehearsal for a new Gershwin cabaret.

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