DIRECTOR

I started dancing at the age of 5 at a dance studio in Lincoln Nebraska. My dance teacher, Ms Nancy Standley, and I would attend conventions and workshops in Las Vegas during the summer. We had a great time together. Ms Nancy played a huge role in my dance life. She treated me like I was part of her family. Time has passed and Ms. Nancy has retired. I will always admire her for the compassion and commitment she gave to all her dancers! 

Along with dance, I was also in gymnastics. I started gymnastics at the age 5 from Francis Allen at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I competed in gymnastics from the age of 9 years until High School. I was invited to be on the USA Junior Olympic Team, but chose not to do this because I wanted to compete with my high school friends. If I competed under the International Gymnastics Federation, it would be a conflict of interest to participate in High school gymnastics and compete at the junior olympic level. BTW: My high school team (Lincoln East High) won 2 state titles!

I started competing in dance when I attended UNL. I was elected Vice President of Orchesis Dance Ensemble and won several awards for my choreography. Jerry Bevington, a dance professor at UNL, cringed when I would choreograph a dance piece because he knew I used a lot of PROPS!!! I graduated with a minor in dance and a major in Psychology. Those were the best years!!! We literally stayed at Mable Lee Hall from noon (or when ever our classes were done), until 2 or 3 in the morning dancing! The pizza delivery guy knew us well. 

I also had an opportunity to dance in a piece choreographed by Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane Dance Company out of New York. I had a partner, Kent, who had to lift me above his head and carry me in different positions. During the auditions, I fudged a bit about my weight (what dancer wouldn't lie about this) I finally told them my true weight because I didn't want Kent to get hurt. He did a great job in lifting me and never dropped me! It was an experience I will never forget. 

After college I pursued a career in medicine. I lived in Colorado for several years and then moved to Seattle....That is where I had my son! Being a mother has definitely changed me. I am more grateful for what I have and for the little things in life! Time does slip away.
 
While I was working in Colorado, I decided to go back to school and further my education. I graduated with a Masters Degree in Molecular Biology.  I worked at the University of Nebraska Medical Center as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Pulmonary Department for 14 years. I am currently employed by IQVIA as a Clinical Research Associate.

My training in dance and gymnastics, as well as LOVING children, drove me to open my dance studio. I started Kidz in Motion Dance Company out of the gymnasium of Conestoga Elementary School in Murray Nebraska in 2007. I then leased a spot in Bellevue and taught dance for 5 years at that location. In 2012 purchased my studio in Papillion and renovated  it into a BEAUTIFUL dance studio. One that I truly take ownership of.

I love the fact that dance is incorporating gymnastics into its curriculum. Gymnastics is definitely a strength of mine and I feel very comfortable teaching Acro to my dancers. Just call K the Cirque du Soleil of Papillion. Yes...I have a sense of humor. I have always believed that everyone should laugh at least once a day...not just a giggle...a true belly laugh! Enjoy Life!!!!

Thank you for taking the time to read about me and I would be honored to teach your child dance.

Traci Nelson

Kidz in Motion Dance Company

635 South Washington Street

Papillion, NE. 68046

425-890-0957 cell

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