by LIZ ONUFER | photo by Spark Photography

Dedicated to Dance

The pursuit of a dream takes a series of small steps. Niki Lucia choreographed her steps to music, a journey from the neighborhood dance studio of her youth to owning and operating Danceology, a 14,000-square-foot performing arts campus in 4S Ranch.

Growing up in Rancho Bernardo, dance has always been an important part of Niki’s life. “As a child I was very athletic and artistic. Dance was a perfect fit and, through the years I dedicated myself to dance through the local studio in the neighborhood,” Niki explained. After graduation, her next step was both completely unexpected and incredibly valuable. “On a whim and recommendation from a friend, I auditioned to be a Charger Girl,” Niki said.

The next three years were spent at a blistering pace rehearsing, performing, speaking, and serving as an ambassador for the Chargers. In her final year, Niki served as the team captain and attended the Pro Bowl. “I directly attribute my leadership skills to my experiences as a rookie and as a captain of the Charger Girls,” she acknowledged.

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When her time with the Chargers came to a close, Nicole continued dancing, this time with the desire to share her passion with others. In partnership with her mother, Niki opened her own dance studio, a long-time dream for both women. “We found a for-lease sign in on an empty dirt lot in a new area of Rancho Bernardo called 4S Ranch,” Niki reminisced. In a 2,000-square-foot space, Danceology opened in 2003 with a commitment to create a family-focused environment for all ages and abilities. “Five years later, we moved to a beautiful 14,000-square-foot facility in 4S Ranch where we are still located today,” Niki said.

“Coaching the dancers’ hearts and minds is just as important as teaching their bodies to do the steps,” she stated. “We encourage a competitive spirit, however, at the same time we foster an attitude of pride in their work ethic, which in turn prepares them for success on the stage.”
Looking forward, Niki is excited to grow and diversify their programs, with offerings like Tapology and Classical Ballet Academy. For those looking to pursue dance, Niki offered a few words of advice, “Stay humble, be diligent and distinctive, respect the art, and honor the mentors and teachers who inspired you and believed in you.”


AT-A-GLANCE

Name: Nicole Mary Lucia
Profession: Owner/Director Danceology Performing Arts Campus
Community: 4S Ranch/Del Sur since 2004
Interests: Cooking, yoga, fitness, traveling, the beach, movies
Favorite Local Spots: Danceology, Brothers Provision, Yoga Six, Del Sur parks and trails, Sushi on the Rock, my backyard