“Every interaction is an opportunity to make a positive impact on others.”
Providing a safe haven for the youth of our community and creating opportunities for dancers to pursue their dreams is my passion. Witnessing the growth of my students through their training inspires me and I am grateful to have the privilege to mentor them throughout their journey.
Niki Lucia was born and raised in San Diego, California. While training extensively as a dancer
in her youth, Niki set her sights on a career pursuing dance. She spent three years with the San
Diego Charger Girls Dance Team and in her final season as Captain, was honored to be
selected by the NFL to participate as a dancer in the Pro Bowl. During this time, Lucia studied
and graduated with a Design and Marketing degree from The Fashion Institute for Design and
Marketing. She then went on to spend a season within the Dallas Cowboy's organization
working with their Arena Football Team, The Dallas Desperados and their Dance Team.
In 2002, Niki planted roots back in her childhood neighborhood and opened Danceology
Performing Arts Campus where she could provide education and opportunity to inspire young
dancers to follow their aspirations.
Ms. Lucia became a mother in 2006 to her beautiful daughter Gianna and has enjoyed the
journey of mentoring her on her own dance path.
In 2015, she was hired as the Head Coach of Cathedral Catholic High School Dance Team. In
the seven seasons as Head Coach, Niki has led the team to four regional back-to-back Grand
Championships and in 2023 her team achieved the highest recognition as National Grand
Champions at West Coast Elite Dance National High School Competition. With her mentorship
she has guided many students to success in their next chapter for college dance team,
conservatories, and reputable college dance programs.
Within Danceology Performance Company, she has steered her students to phenomenal
success in the competitive arena. In 2022, Danceology won the prestigious award of Studio of
the Year at the Dance Awards National Dance Competition. A highly admired honor that few
studios can claim.
Ms. Lucia has been noted as a trailblazer in the dance education industry and highlighted in
multiple reputable publications both on a local and national stage. She has been featured on the
cover of Dance Teacher Magazine in 2016 for her teaching methods and state of the art studio
facility and again she was included in Dance Teacher magazine in 2022 for her unique vision
and esteemed coaching strategies.
With over twenty years of experience and success, Niki is a leader and a dynamic influence in
the industry who is passionate about sharing her mentorship and encouraging the creative
ambitions of our youth.
• CPR & FIRST AID (INTERNATIONAL CPR INSTITUTE)
• STEWARDS OF CHILDREN (DARKNESS TO LIGHT)
• FUNDAMENTALS OF COACHING (NFHS LEARN)
• CONCUSSION IN SPORTS (NFHS LEARN)
• HEAT ILLNESS (NFHSLEARN)
• SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST (NFHSLEARN)
• GIORDANO JAZZ TECHNIQUE (NGCP)
• NDEO (NATIONAL DANCE EDUCATION ORGANIZATION)
• NDCA (NATIONAL DANCE COACHES ASSOCIATION)
|STEWARDS OF CHILDREN
|FUNDAMENTALS OF COACHING
|GIORDANO JAZZ BASICS
Instructors Favorite Things
What are your favorite TV shows to binge?
1923, Peaky Blinders, Downton Abbey
Who is your greatest inspiration?
Do you have any phobias?
Dirty restrooms, Spiders, Heights
What 3 items would you take to a deserted island?
Toothbrush, Razor, Bear Grylls