Faculty, Studio Company Dancer, Lower Division Faculty
Born in Burbank, California, Nicholas Cowden began his ballet training at the age of nine at Virginia Ballet Company under the direction of Tish Cordova. He continued his training at Southold Dance Theatre in South Bend, Indiana studying with Erica Fischbach and JoAnn Barkes. Cowden competed in the Youth America Grand Prix both regionally and in New York City for several years and received a full scholarship to attend The HARID Conservatory Summer Intensive in 2013. The following year, after attending the American Ballet Theatre’s New York Summer Intensive, Cowden was accepted into the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (JKO) School at American Ballet Theatre. While at JKO Cowden studied under Franco DeVita, Raymond Lukens, Martine Van Hamel, and Julie Kent. In 2016 Cowden joined The Washington Ballet Trainee Program under the continued tutelage of Artistic Director Julie Kent, Head of School Xiomara Reyes and Rinat Imaev. Cowden was promoted to The Washington Ballet Studio Company for the 2018.19 season. Since joining the Studio Company, Cowden has performed in numerous ballets with the Company including, Fredrick Ashton’s Birthday Offering, George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, and Merce Cunningham’s Duets.
Cowden is certified by the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum to teach Pre-Ballet through Level 3. During this certification process, Cowden assisted teaching in Pre-Ballet, Level 1, and Boy’s classes at the JKO School. Since moving to the DMV area in 2016, Cowden has taught ballet classes from Pre-Ballet to Adults at Ballet Nova and the YMCA in Alexandria. Cowden is thrilled to be joining The Washington School of Ballet faculty for the 2020-2021 school year.
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