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Where I'm From

Rhode Island


Where I've Lived

Connecticut, RI, Minnesota, Korea, DC, Brooklyn!

My Dance Training

I started out at Rhode Island Ballet Arts Academy and then was a dance major at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. In 2010 I got my MFA in dance at NYU/Tisch.

My Dance Experience

Naomi Goldberg Haas/Dances for a Variable Population, Amanda Hinchey & Dancers, Carrie Brown/Raw Delivery, Jane Franklin Dance, BosmaDance, my own company - Rainwater Dances

Other Work Experience

movie theater box office, English teacher, receptionist, lots of arts administration


Music I Warm Up To

Lately I can't stop listening to the Sky Ferreira album.


An Injury

My left ankle is prone to sprains because I have an extra bone at the end of my heel bone (calcaneus). As long as I warm up properly and do PT to strengthen the joint, I can usually stay healthy.

Method For Treating Body Soreness

I love tiger balm. I use it a lot around performance time.

A Cool Place I Visited While Dancing

I had a wonderful time at Jacob's Pillow in 2011. It is so beautiful there and so rich with dance history.

My Favorite Rehearsal Snack

string cheese, fruit, coffee


On average, what time do you wake up & what time do you go to sleep?

Usually I wake up between 7 and 8 and go to bed around midnight. I'm somewhat of a night owl; it's tough for me to go to sleep early.

Other Passions & Interests

My other passion is reading. I'm in three different book clubs right now. I also like to run. Last year I ran my first half marathon with my mom.

Why do you dance?

I've tried to take a break from dance before to pursue other things, but when it comes down to it I miss it too much to give it up. I dance because I have to.

What do you love about dancing?

As someone who is somewhat reserved, there is a great freedom in being able to express yourself through movement. It sounds cliched, but when I am dancing I feel most alive and fully connected between mind and body.





Nellie Rainwater

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