Nell Josephine Rollins, an Idaho native, is a performing dance artist. She received a BFA in Ballet in May 2018 with a Studio Teaching Certificate from the University of Utah’s School of Dance. Her training began in Boise, Idaho with Balance Dance Company and Ballet Idaho. At 17, she joined the latter as an apprentice, where she had the pleasure of performing Serenade by George Balanchine, and The Nutcracker and Don Quixote by former Artistic Director Peter Anastos. While studying at the University of Utah, Nell has performed classics by Mikel Fokine and Jay Kim as well as contemporary works by Matthew Neenan, Katie Scherman, Lesley Telford, and Eric Handman.
Nell has been a freelance artist since 2013, first performing with LED and Idaho Dance Theater. While in Utah she continued her freelance career dancing and collaborating with choreographers Rebecca Aneloski, Melonie Buchanan-Murray, and Dan Higgins. With these opportunities she finds the ability to travel to California, Michigan, New York, Utah, Canada, and most recently, Ohio—spreading her passion for dance throughout the world.
Nell has been awarded multiple scholarships to summer programs in Vancouver, Montreal, California, Chicago, Ohio, and Utah studying and performing repertoire by William Forsythe, Sharon Eyal, Ohad Naharin, Jiri Kylian, Crystal Pite, Jermaine Spivey, Alejandro Cerrudo, Mats Ek, Alonzo King, Alice Klock, Nick Palmpuist, and Stanton Welch.
Nell’s choreography has been recognized at the American Dance College Association (ACDA) and the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP). In March 2018, she was accepted into the Northwestern ACDA Conference to represent the University of Utah in Boulder, CO. She presented another work in February 2018 for the YAGP semi- finals in Salt Lake City, UT and won first-place earning her and her dancers a spot in the New York City Finals the following April.
Nell joins Ballet Idaho as an apprentice for the 2018/19 season.