Nikki Hu &
Dancer • Choreographer
Guy Van Duser
Musician • Composer
Click to listen to Ten Movements by Guy Van Duser
Choreographer Nikki Hu and musician Guy Van Duser are distinguished teaching artists, noted for using dance and music to transform academic studies into artistic learning experiences. Their programs engage children kinesthetically and demonstrate how connectingbody-mind-spirit deepens and strengthens learning. Nikki and Guy model how to be performers as they guide students into that particular territory understood by all performing artists where one is focused “in the moment” and totally present. Once students have experienced this concept it is hoped they will draw upon it through all aspects of life and learning.
Nikki and Guy's programs address a variety of curriculum topics. Guy creates original music and songs that use the children’s own words as lyrics to accompany the dances.The students are the featured performers, learning to “speak” through the body, using the language of dance movement for self-expression, communication, and as a vehicle for creating community. A program with Nikki and Guy can be a single day or extended into multiple week residencies.
The artists specialize in working with many students at once. Using wireless microphones and a state-of-the-art sound system, they gain, almost instantly, the attention of the students and sustain this focus, undiminished throughout the program.
Even a single day with Nikki & Guy is a special event, an enrichment that the students will remember for the rest of their lives. It is very moving to watch and observe the teachers who have a unique chance to see their students learning in a different way. Many times it’s the unexpected students who shine in the comfort of their work with Nikki.
As always, the students are the featured performers in Nikki and Guy’s productions.