Nicholas A. Owens is most known throughout the Indianapolis area as a dancer, freelance choreographer, photographer and co-founder and former artistic director of Kenyetta Dance Company.
For the past 3 years, he has been directing his own modern dance company, NODC (Nicholas Owens Dance Company). He began dancing at age 13 at Kenyetta Dance Studio under the direction of his older sister, Vanessa Owens and later joined Iibada Dance Company under the founding artistic direction of Sabra Logan.
His years of training includes modern, classical ballet, jazz, African dance forms, tap and hip-hop dance. He has attended major dance workshops such as the International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference and the African-American Dance Company workshop in Bloomington, Indiana. He has been privileged to perform both nationally and internationally.
He currently teaches modern, jazz and private tap dance lessons at the Indiana Ballet Conservatory, Dancer's Studio in Columbus, IN, and Iibada Dance Company. He has also taught two full semesters of freshman jazz as an adjunct professor at Butler University.
Credits for direction and choreography include Kenyetta Dance Company's productions of Excerpts of Dreams, Signs of the Times, Out of the Box, Speaking Without Words, Groundwork Suites and Breaking The Silence; Indianapolis Civic Theater's production of Ragtime the Musical; Indiana Ballet Company's productions of On Earth We Stand and Love & Gravity; Pike High School's Encore Show Choir State Competition, Essence of Motion Dance Company; Iibada Dance Company's production of Glorious "The Redemption"; Beyond The Pointe' Dance's production of Naptown Nutcracker, Indianapolis Children's Choir national competition; Sycamore School's Annie Jr. the Musical and Suessical the Musical; Dance Kaleidoscope's Callused Hands, Love Key, The Age of Aquarius and Mo' Soul, SHPE Conference Thriller Flash Mob Choreographer; Pike High School's musical production of The Color Purple (Nov. 2013) and much more.
Currently, he serves as the assistant artistic director of Iibada Dance Company.