Nick Jurica

Ballet Instructor

Raised in Beaverton Oregon, Nick Le-Jurica began his dance training at Arts and
Communications Magnet Academy under the directorship of Julane Stites. A year later while entering into high school, Nick would also attend The Portland Ballet under the directorship of Nancy Davis. In this time he performed works ranging from classics like Balanchine’s “Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux” and Bob Fosse’s “Manson Trio” to contemporary works like Josie Moseley’s “When I Close My Eyes”.  After high school Nick would go on to attend Juilliard in New York. While in college, Nicholas danced both as a student and professionally with Roy Assaf, Stephanie Batten Bland, Nacho Duato, the Merce Cunningham Trust, Ohad Naharin and William Forsythe. After 4 years in New York, Nick went on to join Ririe-Woodbury dance company and collaborated with artists such as Ann Carolson, Andrea Miller, Doug Verone, Yin Yue, and many others. With R-WDC Nick taught in hundreds of public schools, several universities and half-dozen summer festivals all while being mentored by the company’s world renowned dance education program. Now based in Portland, Nick works as the director of community engagement at The Portland Ballet as well as a freelance choreographer, performer, and teacher. Joining the faculty at Lewis and Clark is a great honor for Nick and he is excited to be working with these students!

Academic Credentials

BFA from The Julliard School in 2019