Nikeva Stapleton

Nikeva, a Chicago native with West Indian roots , is a professional dancer, model, and actor. She is a graduate of The Ailey School/Fordham University BFA Program where she earned a dance major, a business minor, was a member of the Dean’s List, and a Fordham Scholar. While in college, Nikeva completed rigorous technical training in ballet and modern, developed a diverse dance background from hip-hop to West-African, performed repertoire by legends like Bill T. Jones and Ronald K. Brown, and performed in "Memoria" with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

In her professional career, she has been cast in the revival of Rigoletto at the MET Opera, in Frank Gatson's Jubilee! show in Vegas, and for several TV performances including VH1’s Jenny McCarthy Show, MTV’s VMAs, the Today Show, and America's Got Talent. In addition, Nikeva has performed live with artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown, and Flo Rida. She was also in Beyonce’s music videos “Pretty Hurts” and “Formation,” and had the honor of dancing in Beyonce’s performance at the 2016 Super Bowl.

Upon moving to LA in 2015, Nikeva signed to a theatrical agency and began to pursue an acting career in television and film. Nikeva has since appeared in Spike Lee’s feature film Chriaq and his soon to release Netflix' series She's Gotta Have It . She was also cast in Marlon Wayans' film Naked and NBC's sitcom Marlon, both hitting screens in 2017.

Aside from her dance and acting career, Nikeva is a fitness, fashion, and commercial model, having worked for such companies as MAC, Nike, Adidas, Fila, Athleta, and more.

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