What's In Your Dancebag?

Jennifer Nichols

Dancer, choreographer and founder of the Extension Method

For foot-strengthening exercises when I’m working with synchro teams. 

Mini foam roller & Acuball
For rolling out sore muscles.

Bag of rosin 
Because I often perform or rehearse in random spaces with slippery floors.

For choreo notes.

Traumeel and Voltaren 
Topical homeopathic anti-inflammatory creams for aches and pains.

For filming rehearsals.

I have 7000 songs because I am music-obsessed and need a huge library to select from for teaching playlists and choreography.

Warm socks and a wool shawl
To keep my feet, hips and shoulders warm. 

Jennifer Nichols’ conditioning work has extended to the realm of professional sport, where she develops cross-training programs for national competitive teams in synchronized swimming and figure skating. When not teaching, Nichols is dancing in – the corps de ballet of Toronto’s Baroque opera company Opera Atelier and with her own company Hit & Run Dance Productions. A native of Collingwood, Ont., Nichols studied at L’École supérieure de ballet du Québec, Quinte Ballet School in Belleville, Ont., and Ballet BC before dancing professionally with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Ontario Ballet Theatre and Banff Festival Dance. She has worked with contemporary choreographers David Earle, Robert Desrosiers, Wen Wei Wang, Newton Moraes and Roberto Campanella, to name a few.

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