Nikeva Stapleton

Nikeva was born a performer. Before any formal training, she staged shows in her living room for family and friends. Whether she was leaping and turning like the dancers in Cats, or singing and tapping to the tunes of Singing in the Rain, Nikeva was always putting on a show. At age seven, she enrolled in a local competition studio where she trained in Ballet, Jazz, and Tap and participated in regional dance competitions for the next six years. At age sixteen, Nikeva joined Chicago’s Joel Hall Dancers’ junior company. Here she expanded her art form by adding Horton, Graham, Contemporary and Hip Hop to her skillset.

Nikeva arrived in New York City upon being accepted into The Ailey School/Fordham University BFA Program where she earned a dance major, business minor, was a member of the Dean’s List, and a Fordham Scholar. Her versatile dance background was further diversified at The Ailey School, where she added training in West African dance, Composition, and Improv, and continued honing her technical skills.  Nikeva worked with greats like Christopher Huggins and Milton Myers, performed repertoire by legends like Bill T. Jones and Alvin Ailey, and danced with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at City Center. Nikeva has since immersed herself in commercial dance and modeling. Her latest televised and live accomplishments include dancing in MTV’s OMA Xbox Commercial, Microsoft’s Windows Phone launch, Speedo’s Olympic Swimwear showcase, modeling in BET’s “Rip the Runway,” and a short film for 25 Magazine. 

Upon graduating, Nikeva continued to expand her training at Broadway Dance Center under well-known choreographers like Luam, and Jermaine Browne. She soon began to book commercial work including television and live shows, all the while staying involved in concert dance as a freelance dancer for contemporary artists Maija Garcia and Germaul Barnes. Alongside her dancing, Nikeva began pursuing commercial modeling. She has booked print work with Jimmy Jazz, promotional jobs with Skechers, televised runway with BET, and more.

Outside of performing, Nikeva loves Caribbean culture. Her family hails from the small island of Nevis, where she visits often and hopes to one day share her joy of dance through educational outreach in this region.

“I had to trust life, since I was young enough to believe that life loved the person who dared to live it.”
- Maya Angelou