Samuel Pott founded Nimbus Dance Works in 2005 drawing on a deeply held personal belief in the value that the arts can play in bringing people and communities together. Under his direction the company has grown each year adding performances, new repertory, and new community initiatives and projects. Known for creating structured and musical dances that evoke deep-rooted emotional connection, Mr. Pott’s choreography has been shown nationally at venues including the Joyce Theater and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. He has collaborated with many esteemed contemporary artists including composers Daniel Bernard Roumain, Samson Young, Judd Greenstein, Aaron Parks, Sky-Pony and visual artists Nicola Lopez and Trudy Miller.
A highly sought after master teacher, Mr. Pott has taught widely across the state of New Jersey and served on the faculty of Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. In 2008 Mr. Pott founded JC Grooves, a program that brings dance to over 2000 Jersey City middle school youth each year through unique and participatory methods. In 2012 he founded the School of Nimbus Dance Works, grounded in the belief that dance can serve as a meeting point for diverse communities to grow towards common values and goals. Mr. Pott received a Choreography Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in 2008 and was named a Distinguished Teaching Artist by the council in 2012. Mr. Pott was one of 25 arts leaders nationally selected for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ (APAP) inaugural Leadership Fellows Program. He serves on the board of directors of Dance New Jersey and on the Arts Advisory Council for the Jersey City Board of Education.
Assistant Director of The School of nimbus
A Jersey City native, Julia Marroquin began her dance training at 10 years old outside of Baltimore, Maryland. Ms. Marroquin danced with the Chesapeake High School Dance Company under the direction of Dyana Janoscak, where she honed her abilities, studying various techniques of Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Hip Hop. She proceeded to attendThe Joffrey Ballet School in New York City in their Pre- Professional Jazz & Contemporary program under the direction of Michael Blake. While in this program, Ms. Marroquin earned soloist roles in works by Tyler Gilstrap, Jennifer Archibald and Angelica Stiskin. Ms. Marroquin joined the Nimbus Family as an intern in Spring 2015 and currently serves as The Assistant Director of the School of Nimbus Dance Works.
Nimbus youth Ensemble Director
Brandy White attended the University of South Carolina and graduated Magna Cum Laude, with a BA in dance. While attending the University of South Carolina, she became an instructor for the USC Dance Conservatory teaching ballet and jazz classes. Ms. White has attended summer programs with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Alonzo King Lines Ballet and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater summer programs on scholarship. Ms. White is very honored to take on the role of Nimbus Youth Ensemble Director this year.
Junior Youth Ensemble Director
Kaitlyn Nguyen is from Los Angeles County, CA and holds a BFA in Dance Performance and Minor in Management from the University of California, Irvine. She has trained at the Ailey School, Joffrey Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Ms. Nguyen has performed with companies including Re:borN Dance Interactive, Nouveau Chamber Ballet, Armitage Gone! Dance, iKADA Contemporary Dance Company, and Nimbus2. She began teaching at Fine Arts Academy of Dance, has assisted children’s classes at the School at Steps and teaches in the Nimbus Dance Works Outreach Program at various Jersey City public schools. Kaitlyn is excited to be taking on the role of Junior Youth Ensemble Director at the School of Nimbus Dance Works.
Giacomo Bavutti is from Moderna, Italy and began his training with Annarita Ronconi focusing on the ISTD exams of modern dance, completing the highest exam, with "distinction". Mr. Bavutti has also trained in theatre dance, tap, improvisation, jazz, and contemporary. He has assisted Ms. Ronconi for many workshops around North Italy, teaching and demonstrating ISTD modern exams. Mr. Bavutti was awarded 1st prize soloist at " Norcia in Danza" national competition, and 1st prize duet at the "international dance competition City of Milan". He has danced for choreographer Kate Griffler, the Oniin dance company under the artistic direction of Alessandro Vacca and Daniela Rapisarda and was member of the Martha Graham 2 dance company. He teaches Modern at The School of Nimbus Dance Works.
Julian Nichols hails from Toronto, Ontario where he attended Cawthra Park Secondary School in the regional arts program for dance. While attending school, Mr. Nichols was a company member of the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theater. This led him to study full time at the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. Mr. Nichols holds a big interest in sharing his own ideas about movement and has taught at several schools as well as at Canadian Contemporary Dance Theater as a temporary rehearsal director. Mr. Nichols currently teaches at Gibney Dance Center in New York City and will be teaching Hip Hop and Modern at The School of Nimbus Dance Works
Director of operations | company dancer
Justin Keith Perez holds his BFA in Dance from the University of Florida / New World School of the Arts and was awarded salutatorian of his class. He has taught workshops and master classes at Daytona State College, New Jersey City University, New World School of the Arts High School, and Miami Jewish Health System. Mr. Perez is an active dance educator through the Nimbus Dance Works outreach programs teaching at The Putney School, High Tech High School, Cornelia F. Bradford and several other Jersey City Schools. He was the Director of the Ocoee High School, New Smyrna Beach High School and Rutgers University Color Guard Programs. He is a certified Zumba instructor teaching holding certifications in CPR/AED, AFFA Primary Fitness and AEA Aquatic Fitness. For more information on his fitness classes visit; justinperez.zumba.com. Mr. Perez will be teaching STRONG and Zumba through the NimbusFIT and on the repertory faculty.
Makeda Roney’s teaching journey began as an assistant teacher at The Ailey School in 2011 where she assisted the First Step Creative Movement classes. She directed and taught Creative Movement at All Souls Unitarian Church and ballet classes at Dance Without Walls Summer program in NYC. In 2015, Ms. Roney assisted and taught Ballet & Tap to the Tiny Movers program and other outreach programs with Dance To EvOLvE in Chicago. Ms. Roney has assisted Nia Love in Tanzania, Africa sponsored by the New York Live Arts 2013 Suit Case Fund and at American Dance Festival Summer and Winter Intensives. Ms. Roney is mentored by dance artists such as Nia Love, Marjorie Liebert and Misty Copeland. This will be Ms. Roney’s first season with Nimbus Dance Works as an Apprentice. Ms. Roney is delighted to continue her teaching journey with The School of Nimbus Dance Works teaching Ma, Pa & Me, Ballet I & III and repertory.
Victoria Santaguida, from Toronto, Canada, began choreographing at the age of 15. She received her first commissioned work in 2010 for Cawthra Park Secondary School’s Repertoire Company. From 2010-2017, Ms. Santaguida has been assisting choreographers Davis Robertson, Roger Jeffrey, Gabrielle Lamb, Mindy Conto and Dani Matte across Canada and the United States. Victoria currently is choreographing and teaching at The Dance Class in Ontario, Canada as well as guest teaching throughout Ontario. She also teaches at Steps Ahead Dance Studio in Long Island. Ms. Santaguida will be joining the faculty of The School of Nimbus Dance Works teaching Ballet I.
Assistant Director of Programs | company dancer
Hannah Weeks received her training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Alonzo King Lines Ballet Training Program, the University of Iowa and City Ballet of Iowa. Ms. Weeks has taught ballet at City Ballet of Iowa and has served as rehearsal assistant for Victoria Simon of the Balanchine Trust. Ms. Weeks teaches Ballet and Pointe for the School of Nimbus Dance Works. She teaches Creative Movement in the Nimbus Dance Works Outreach Programs and the Dance to Learn Curriculum to second graders in Jersey City, NJ. Ms. Weeks serves as The Assistant Director of Programs for Nimbus Dance Works.