In-resident artist Nicole Zvarik ’03—a choreographer and performer based in San Francisco—taught dance classes, rehearsed with Wilson’s dance troupe Orchesis, lectured on the topic of feminist artists, and met with students in the Women with Children program during the week of Oct. 7-11.
Zvarik is co-founder of Deep Root Dance Collective in the San Francisco Bay Area―a collective of modern dance choreographers, performers and teachers―and also serves as dance department head at Bayside STEM Academy in San Mateo, Calif. Zvarik is a former resident artist at California State University Stanislaus and at the Garage, an art space in San Francisco. She is a member of the National Dance Education Organization and recipient of the 2013 Alumnae Association of Wilson College’s Outstanding Young Alumna Award.
A former Women with Children student, Zvarik attended Wilson with her daughter, Savannah. As an artist and returning alumna, she found the artist-in-resident experience enriching on many levels, she said. In addition, it has allowed her to give back some of what she received while a student at Wilson.
"After being out in the field, I have a great appreciation for my Wilson experience,” she said. “The support I received at Wilson gave me the strong foundation that has helped me become the feminist I am today.
Zvarik is Wilson’s first alumna artist-in-residence, according to her former dance instructor, Professor of Dance Paula Kellinger. “She worked with students all week and it was a fabulous experience for everyone. It was inspiring for our students,” she said.