Eroca Nicols is a choreographer, a dancer, and a convener of contexts for collective liberation through relation building and embodiment. After earning their Honors BFA in Film/Video/Performance and Sculpture from California College of the Arts (San Francisco, CA), Eroca Nicols’ artistic practice shifted to the body. They studied in professional programs in Canada at both Ballet Creole and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre before pursuing further training in functionally based and improvisational forms. Eroca is currently a Toronto-based artist and educator. Their work has been presented in Canada, USA, Europe, and the UK. Eroca has performed internationally and is co-founder of the arts advocacy and professional training provider, the Toronto Dance Community Love-In. Eroca’s commitment to community-based arts engagement has led them to create platforms for presenting both their own work and the work of fellow makers—DIMBY (Dance In My BackYard) and Badass Dance Fun (a mini festival at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre) are among these projects, as is the Love-In.
Teaching and facilitation are cornerstones of Eroca’s choreographic practice. They teach and perform all over the world in a variety of contexts for moving and thinking. Included among these are: Forum Freies Theater, FFT, ImpulsTANZ in Vienna, at The School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam, at the Stockholm University of the Arts, P.A.R.T.S, and at Concordia University and Studio 303 in Montreal. Eroca was a Chalmers Research Fellow (2014,15), investigating death, ritual, and performance with healers and conveners around the globe. The teaching, performing, and training they do are deeply influenced by their ongoing study of practices including choreography, embodied consent, ritual, community care/disruption, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.