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 become 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, 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.