Nicole Duffy danced with the Joffrey Ballet for over a decade, in New York and Chicago. Before joining the Joffrey, she danced for Joffrey II and studied at the Joffrey Ballet School, School of American Ballet, and Alvin Ailey School. As a repetiteur for the Arpino/Joffrey Foundation, she has staged several of Gerald Arpino’s works, most recently his signature works Viva Vivaldi and Light Rain for the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group.
Ms. Duffy began her training in Puerto Rico with Ana García and María Carrera. As a member of Ballets de San Juan, she worked with Melissa Hayden, Ivan Nagy, and Frederic Franklin, and shared the stage in featured roles with Fernando Bujones, Cynthia Gregory and Rudolf Nureyev. During her years with the Joffrey, her repertory included the role of Clara in Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker, Gerald Arpino’s Kettentanz, the Little American Girl in Leonide Massine’s Parade, as well as works by Ashton, Balanchine, Cranko, DeMille, Jooss, Limón, and Nijinska, among many others. She also made guest appearances dancing the principal roles in classics such as Giselle, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia and Cinderella.
Ms. Duffy holds a degree in art history from Columbia University and is a master’s candidate at New York University’s Gallatin School. She has also worked at NYU’s Center for Ballet and the Arts since its launch in 2014.
In addition to teaching ballet and repertory at the Joffrey Ballet School, she developed and implemented a curriculum for dance history. She has taught nationally and internationally, and enjoys passing on the unique repertory of the Joffrey founders to a new generation of dancers around the world.