Nikolas LaMaack was born in Davenport, Iowa. He grew up in Davenport with his two parents, older brother, and three younger siblings. During his time at Davenport North High School, LaMaack pursued a variety of activities and was an active participant in his class. He went on to become the president of the drama club, president of the environmental club, and president of his class. Nik was also active in theater, which is where he learned of his enthusiasm for dance. Nik went on to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at Columbia College Chicago. His deep understanding of dance and choreography has led him to become an educator at Dance Beat, a dance studio in Channahon, Illinois. There he teaches a multitude of dance styles and techniques ranging from contemporary, modern, ballet, jazz, and hip-hop to people ages four to seventeen. Since the shutdown of Columbia College Chicago on March 13th, Nik, the second semester junior, has been teaching and studying remotely in his apartment in Uptown, Chicago. When he is not dancing, you can often find him walking Chicago’s lakefront trails with his dog, Elio, or pursuing other creative endeavors. Nik plans to stay in Chicago for the foreseeable future to pursue his dance career.
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