Francesca Nieves is a native New Yorker who now resides in Northern New Jersey. Graduating from the University of Michigan in 2011 she received a BFA in Dance and a BA in Sociology. At the University of Michigan she trained and studied with Melissa Beck, Amy Chavasse, Bill DeYoung, Lindsey and Jason Dietz Marchant, Jessica Fogel, Daniel Gwirtzman, Judy Rice, Peter Sparling, Sandra Torijano, and Robin Wilson. There she also performed works such as Merce Cunningham’s Minevent, Carolyn Dorfman’s Cat’s Cradle, Laura Dean’s Impact as well as other faculty pieces. Francesca Nieves received her early ballet and modern training with Leslie Brown (Ballet), Zelma Bustillo (Ballet), Lisa Lockwood (Ballet), Columbine Macher (Limon), and Dionisia Garcia (Flamenco). Francesca Nieves started her professional dance career at Ballet Hispanico first as an Intern, then as an apprentice/guest dancer in 2006; in 2008 she became full Company member. With Ballet Hispanico, she has performed works by Tina Ramirez, Willie Rosario, Pedro Ruiz, and Alexander Magno. She joined New Jersey Ballet in 2011 as an apprentice and will begin her third season with the company this year. Ms. Nieves enjoys sharing her art and teaches ballet at Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts in Montclair, NJ as well as ballet and modern at Michele Compa Dance and Exercise Center in the Bronx, NY.