Roxanne Nielsen


Dancer and Choreographer

I have had the great honor of learning movement, dance, and choreography from master instructors and I continue to learn about myself and how to be a better teacher from the students with whom I work. I have been a dancer, choreographer and instructor for most of my life and every project I am involved with offers me more wonderful learning opportunities. Dance / movement can be an empowering art from and is accessible to all. My experiences have led me to work with Alzheimer’s patients, students with learning disabilities, limited movement capabilities and low self-esteem. I have seen dance break through barriers of mistrust, communication issues and lack of confidence. I have witnessed joy, surprise, pride, collaboration and creativity take hold and grow. I have been blessed to work with many wonderful people in the arts community and my hope is to give back and share what I have learned with others.

I am on the Nebraska Arts Council roster, a board member and Teaching Artist for The ARTery, and I have served as a teaching artist for African Culture Connection and Diavolo Project: Nebraska. My training includes the National Dance Institute, Dancing Classrooms, and Diavolo in addition to workshops sponsored by the Nebraska Arts Council, the Lied Center for Performing Arts and many other locally sponsored workshops. I am thrilled to be part of the work of WhyArts?