Haylee Nichele was born and raised in Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada. At the age of 14 she started her intensive training at a professional non-profit arts school, Arts Umbrella (Vancouver, BC). While training at Arts Umbrella Haylee has had the opportunity to work with many Canadian choreographers such as: Emily Molnar, Crystal Pite, and Shawn Hounsell. After graduating high school she continued her education, dance training, and outreach work at the Juilliard School.
While at post-secondary school Haylee’s has the wonderful opportunity to work with well-established local and international choreographers. Theses include works by: Alexander Ekman, Stijn Celis, Mark Morris, Benjamin Millepied, Merce Cunningham, Eliot Feld, Larry Keigwin, and Darrell Grand Moultire.
Since entering Juilliard Haylee has begun her investigation as a young choreographer. In 2009 she had her first piece premiere in the Peter Jay Sharp theatre, with original composition by Jeremy Howard Beck. Over summer 2010 she completed a commission for the Juilliard School. Her 7-show run of Until Then was well received this past April for Juilliard’s Senior Production, with original composition by Jeremy Howard beck. Her works have been performed in New York, New Orleans, Vancouver B.C, and Nanaimo B.C.