Hello, my name is Niki Hofer and I am the proud founder and owner of Niko’s Dance Team. I am happy to say that I fulfilled a childhood dream when I opened these doors 2 decades ago. A small studio at first, it has grown over the years and we have trained some amazing dancers and still are training Stars of the Future.
My dancing career began at the young age of two and a half years when I first strapped on a pair of tap shoes, my little feet found the rhythm and they haven’t stopped since.
I continued with advanced training and completed exams in classical ballet, jazz, modern, musical theatre, character and tap. I later joined the world renowned Ukrainian Cheremosh Ensemble of Edmonton under the artistic direction of Mykola Kanevets from Kiev, Ukraine. With this I had the opportunity to perform all over the world.
I enriched my dance career as a member of the Edmonton Contemporary Dance Company.
I furthered my dance training where I added Hip-Hop to my list of disciplines. I was able to be a member of the dance company Antigravity and appeared in the summer Melt-Down Hip-Hop Party Tour of Alberta.
I have been a soloist and have assisted and taught for various dance companies, and have won numerous awards for my choreography since the opening of my studio and for other companies as well. I also enjoy adjudicating competitions and sharing my knowledge of dance with other studios and dancers.
That’s a lot to take in, and as proud as I am of what I have accomplished, I am equally as proud of my students year after year for representing me and my company and showing the world what we have to offer and why we love to dance.
Quincy Pipella is a recognized dancer & choreographer from Edmonton Alberta, Canada for the past 10 years. She started dancing at Sandra Gray School Of Dance at the age 4 to 18 and trained in many styles including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Pointe, Modern/Contemporary and last but not least, Hip-Hop. Her love for Hip-Hop started in 2008. She soon after found interest in choreography in 2011 at Victoria School Of The Arts while she was taking their Dance 30 Composition IB program. Since then, Quincy has won many Hip-Hop awards and scholarships and has performed and taught for a variety of different Hip-Hop crews. The most recent crew she has been apart of since 2014 - NXG Company. She has been able to travel and learn from world-renowned choreographers in LA, Seattle, New York, the UK, Vancouver and Toronto to name a few and has trained in numerous street styles from local and international pioneers. Quincy specializes in teaching foundational art forms, such as Dancehall and Vogue. Although, she teaches other styles as well – Even heels. Her dance, choreography, competition and performance credits include: Netflix – Dancer in “Julie And The Phantoms” directed by Kenny Ortega, Dancer/Singer in “Riverdale” Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Apple TV series - Madeline, Nelly, Ace Hood, Kirko Bangz, Hip Hop International 2014, World Of Dance LA 2015 (1st Place) World Of Dance Edmonton 2017 (1st Place) World Of Dance Vegas 2018 (1st place) All with NXG Company directed by Alexander Chung - And is now a Co-Director of NXG Company, Dancer Palooza Los Angeles 2019, Choreographer and dancer for Ford Car Commercials (2017, 2019), “One Championship” Singapore, 1st place Champion at “50 Shades of Colour Kiki Ball (Vogue Femme)– Calgary 2019, Carnival Cruise Lines, “Funktion” Boston, and Performances at “Club Jete” and “Carnival” (Los Angeles) First Place “Artist Emerge” Dance competition solo Champion - 2017. Along with choreographing and performing, Quincy is also a very passionate instructor. Studios she has taught at include - The Kore Dance Studio, Amanda’s Academy of Dance, Shelley’s Dance Company, Ill FX (Calgary) Studio 604 and The Studio North (Vancouver) and The Underground Dance Centre (Toronto). She absolutely loves the personal connection with all of her students and looks for creative and innovative ways to challenge them physically & mentality within every class she teaches. Overall, she wishes to share not only dance steps but also a variety of other amazing benefits dance has to offer such as mental, cultural and social that her students can use in everyday life.
Alexis has been dancing since the age of three. She grew up dancing in Edmonton at Dance Extreme, Dance Unlimited and Edmonton School of Ballet. She has also danced semi-professionally for Edmonton's City Ballet and Chameleon Dance Edmonton, while earning her diploma in Applied Banking and Business from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.
Alexis found her passion in teaching and inspiring young dancers. For the past twenty years, she has taught everything from, ballet, lyrical, modern, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, musical theatre, variety and tap. She is certified in the Edmonton School of Ballet Junior Grades, Classical Ballet Progressions of Canada and Acrobatic Arts levels 1 and 2.
Alexis has taught at Dance Unlimited for three years and at the Riverbend Academy of Dance for eight. She is currently the Ballet Director at a studio in Edmonton. As well, Alexis is an instructor at two other studios in the Edmonton area, teaching a total of three hundred students.
In her spare time, Alexis enjoys performing at the Edmonton Fringe Festival. She has performed in Anya: A Russian Fairytale (2015), Dovbush: The Legend of the Carpathians (2016), Captain Roberts in the summer of (2017) and Psyche a Vision of Beauty (2018.
This is Alexis’ third year at Niko’s. Alexis says she’s looking forward to seeing how far the kids will improve this year and having a fun time watching the students achieve their own goals through out the year.
Abigail has been dancing since the age of two. She grew up training in Edmonton at Amandas Academy of Dance, training in many disciplines including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Musical Theatre. Abigail attended Victoria School of the Arts and completed the Composition International Baccalaureate Dance program earning her Certificate. Abigail is currently a student at the University of Alberta studying Kinesiology to better understand the human movement foundations, history, and injury prevention required for dancers.
Abigail found her love for teaching at the age of eleven being a student teacher at her home studio. Since the age of sixteen, she has been teaching at Amandas Academy of Dance under the guidance of her mentor/mother Amanda Desousa. She currently teaches students ages two to seventeen years old in the disciplines of Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, and Ballet. Abigail is currently working towards her Classical Ballet Progressions of Canada Pre-Ballet and Junior Grades Certification.
Abigail has been offered numerous opportunities to perform and train in many different Citys throughout North America including Anaheim, Orlando and New York. She has performed in showcases at Disneyland, Disney World, and Universal Studios. Abigail has most recently performed down Mainstreet USA in Disneyland during the summer of 2022. She has also taken classes at Broadway Dance Centre, Steps on Broadway and The Alvin Ailey School in NYC.
Abigail is very excited to start her new teaching journey at Nikos Dance Team and cannot wait to see what new adventure lay ahead.