Nicholas Schultz grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet as Ballet Master in January 2018.
Nicholas has taught for numerous schools, including the Grand Rapids Ballet School. He, alongside his wife Laura, served as the choreographer and stage director for Children’s Opera Workshop from 2012-2017.
From 2012-2016 Nicholas was also the Artistic Director for Young People’s Ballet Theatre in Flint, Michigan, where he staged and choreographed many works for the company. Nicholas was also responsible for teaching and cultivating many young dancers, some of whom have continued on to professional careers.
In 2002, Nicholas joined Grand Rapids Ballet an as apprentice and was promoted to full company member in 2003. During his tenure with the company, he danced numerous leading and principal roles in ballets such as Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cinderella, and many more. Nicholas has danced many works by iconic choreographers such as George Balanchine, José Limón, Paul Taylor, Val Caniparoli, and Davis Parsons. During his time at Grand Rapids Ballet, he also worked with contemporary choreographers such as Olivier Wevers, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Mário Radačovský, Penny Saunders, Robyn Mineko Williams, and Sagi Gross to name a few.
Nicholas began his dance studies at Grand Rapids Ballet School, under the direction of Charthel Arthur and Robert Estner, when he was seven. He was a member of both the Junior and Senior Trainee divisions, performing numerous productions alongside Grand Rapids Ballet. Nicholas also studied with the Joffrey Ballet for three summers, as well as under the direction of Sergio Stefanski at the National Ballet of Canada for a summer.