Nicolette Zika is a senior dance major at High Tech High School and a senior company member at The Next Step School of Dance. Starting dance at age 3, Nicolette has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, modern, and more. She has now been dancing for 15 years, including competitive dance for 6 years and continued studies at the 2019 Rutgers Summer Dance Conservatory. She has also been an active member of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts for 5 years. For the past 2 years, Nicolette has served as an ambassador for “Traveling Tutus,” a non-profit organization that donates dance costumes/shoes to children in need. She also puts together her own service projects to share within the dance community. Most recently, she has collected plastic bags to cut and crochet into sleeping mats for those experiencing homelessness during COVID-19. Nicolette strives to create even more connections between the dance world and her community.