Nicola Ayoub is an American-French dancer and choreographer living and working in France since September 2005. She trained and performed at the Atlanta Ballet. Then at age 17, completely frustrated with the world of classical ballet, Nicola swore she would never dance again. She plunged madly into her studies and obtained a B.A. in History and Art History at the University of Georgia. But in the end her passion for dance won over. At age 23, she started her career as a professional dancer, first working in Atlanta and then in Paris.
She became a choreographer with her bilingual one-woman show The Language, which was awarded Paris Jeunes Talents in 2008 and first place at the Parisian choreography contest Tobina in 2009. In 2010 and 2011, she performed and taught regularly at La Sorbonne University in Paris. Nicola represented the USA in UNESCO’s 2011 original production, Astro-Ballet, choreographed by Natalia Guslistaya from the Bolshoi Ballet. Between 2012 and 2020, she danced for Gigi Caciuleanu, Alexandra Bansch, Christopher Williams, and the companies Karma Dance Project, GDS Prod, and ACM Ballet.
Since 2012 Nicola partnered with fellow choreographer Asha Thomas has worked for Africa Regional Services (ARS). This department of the US Embassy based in Paris sends American Artists to diverse African countries to perform and lead cultural outreach programs. From 2013-2015 Nicola and singer Keri Chryst created and led a two-year Song and Dance workshop for St. Denis' troubled youth. In 2014 she taught at Steps Dance Studio in Manila with longtime artistic partner Guillaume Morgan. The following year they created, organized, and taught the Bohol Dance Project workshop for talented but underprivileged Filipino dancers. They continue to expand this workshop each year. In 2016, the French Institutes of Burundi and Rwanda invited her to create an original work, Dream Life, for two groups of semi-professional dancers. In 2019, she choreographed and performed in La Chute with André Nerman. This theatre piece for dancer and actor toured throughout North America. In 2021, she recieved her French state diploma as a classical ballet teacher. Nicola is the proud mother of two little girls, her best creations.