Duffy Robertson Nicole

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NICOLE DUFFY ROBERTSON is a co-founder and Associate Artistic Director of the New York Dance Project. She danced with the Joffrey Ballet for over a decade, based both in New York and Chicago, performing works by Joffrey, Arpino, Ashton, Balanchine, Cranko, DeMille, Limon, Massine, and Nijinska, among many others.


Ms. Duffy is also a répétiteur for The Gerald Arpino Foundation, dedicated to passing on the historical Joffrey repertory to the next generation. Most recently, she staged Arpino’s Light Rain, and assisted Trinette Singleton in the reconstruction of Robert Joffrey’s Gamelan. She teaches master classes and workshops nationally and internationally, guest teaches for the Ballet Hispanico company and STEPS on Broadway, and is on the faculty of Marymount Manhattan College. For many years Ms. Duffy was on the faculty of the Joffrey Ballet School, where she taught repertory, implemented the dance history curriculum, and was ballet master of the Joffrey Concert Group.


Raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she began her training with Ana Garcia and Maria Carrera at Ballets de San Juan, dancing the classical and Balanchine repertory. During her time at BSJ she also worked with Frederic Franklin, Ivan Nagy, and Melissa Hayden, and shared the stage with luminaries such as Rudolf Nureyev, Fernando Bujones and Cynthia Gregory.


Ms. Duffy graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Art History from Columbia University, and has a M.A. in dance and art history from New York University’s Gallatin School. Her writing has been published in The Massachussetts Review, Eye on Dance and the Arts, and the NYU journal Esferas.