Producing Artistic Director
Founder and Producing Artistic Director
NIKKI FEIRT ATKINS (Founder and Producing Artistic Director, ADM21) is a former dancer and an M.D. Nikki studied ballet as a scholarship student at New Jersey Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. In addition, she studied Graham, Horton, East Indian dance (Bharatanatyam), jazz with Matt Mattox, Luigi and Betsy Haug with whom she performed. Of note, Nikki studied with Lee Theodore, founder of the original American Dance Machine, who had a profound influence on Nikki. After a brief career as a professional dancer, Nikki went on to obtain her B.A. Magna Cum Laude in biology and performing arts at New York University. She subsequently earned her M.D., completed her residency and fellowships at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell and Columbia and became a practicing pathologist and researcher at Columbia University Medical Center. While subsequently working as a part-time pathologist in private practice, Nikki became involved in several dance projects, including Director of New Artistic Programs at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York and working with director/choreographer Chet Walker on projects including early stages of The Jack Cole Project. In February 2012, Nikki founded American Dance Machine for the 21st Century, where she is currently Founder and Producing Artistic Director.
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Associate Artistic Director
CATHY FOLGELMAN is a current company member of American Dance Machine for the 21st Century (ADM21). A native New Yorker, she received much of her early theater dance training as a teenager with Lee Theodore, founder of the original American Dance Machine and subsequently with Bob Tucker, whom she would substitute for at Broadway Dance Center and Steps On Broadway. She has taught courses at Hampshire College and Smith College as well as master classes and conservatory classes with performances at Steps On Broadway.
Some of her favorite performing credits include: ADM21 at The Joyce Theater NYC, West Side Story as Anybody's, Guggenheim Works and Process (On The Town, Jerome Robbins 30th Anniversary), Barnum, Sugar Babies, Sesame Street Live, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, and Dance Machine International in NYC and in Japan with Takarazuka Revue. She has also choreographed works including Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita, Off- Broadway.
Cathy has been fortunate to work with or assist many notable Broadway choreographers, performers and directors including: Donna McKechnie, Wayne Cilento, Robert LaFosse, Cady Huffman, Nick Garr and BobTucker.
Cathy is passionate about teaching and passing on the invaluable information that she received to the next generation of dancers, so is very excited to be currently teaching for ADM21 at Steps On Broadway.