Nicholas Cendese

Artistic Associate / Development Director



Nicholas Cendese is a Utah native who grew a beard in 2012 and his life has never been the same.  Before the birth of bearded Nick, he started dancing in 6th Grade with Children’s Dance Theatre.  Years and years of dance training culminated with his graduation from the University of Utah with a BFA in modern dance in 2001 and a job with Repertory Dance Theatre – where he performed professionally for 11 years and is now an Artistic Associate and Development Director. For 8 years, Nick ran his own independent dance company, RawMoves, with Natosha Washington and has taught at Miss Margene’s Creative Classroom for 14 years.  Feeling that he wasn’t busy enough, seven years ago Nick decided to help carry on the amazing dance tradition started by Tami Knubel and became the owner and director of South Valley Creative Dance.  Thanks to SVCD & RDT Nick has learned more about running a business than any MBA program could teach and has discovered new talents and limitations.  He is continually amazed and in awe of the dancers and students he gets to work with and is often just tired enough to get misty eyed and very emotional when watching them dance their hearts out – which reminds him how lucky and fortunate he really is.


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