Nicole Klaymoon is the Artistic Director of the Embodiment Project. She has performed in dance works directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Rennie Harris, Sean San Jose, Amara Tabor-Smith, Meredith Monk, Maria Gellespie, Annie Rosenthal-Parr, and Anne Bluethenthal. She has shared a bill with Arianna Huffington, Dead Prez, Elevaters, Dance Brigade, and Rennie Harris Puremovement.
As a solo performer, Klaymoon created the dance theater production, Sixth Vowel, choreographed by Rennie Harris and directed by Kamilah Forbes of the New York City Hip Hop Theatre Festival. Miami New Times art critic Chuck Strouse wrote “Nicole Klaymoon’s Sixth Vowel was THE BEST small theatrical production I have seen in this city in a decade.” Sixth Vowel toured to festivals and venues including the Hip-Hop Theater Festival (NY), Illadelph Legends Hip-Hop Dance Festival (PA), Electric Lodge (CA), Miami Hip-Hop Project (FL), the Bride Theater (PA), UC Riverside (CA), the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland), Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Theater (OR), Studio Theatre (MD), 4th Street Theater, New York Theater Workshop (NY), and Intersection for the Arts Theater (CA).
Klaymoon has facilitated a dance theater intensive sponsored by G.R.A.C.E. Africa and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Deadalus Project in Kenya, and has worked as a guest choreographer and arts educator in over thirty schools throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Klaymoon currently teaches a company technique class at Dance Mission in San Francisco, and is on faculty of the Performing Arts department at Marin Academy High School (Marin County) and ODC Dance School (SF). She received a B.A. in Dance from UCLA and an M.F.A. from the California Institute of Integral Studies (SF).