Australian born, Nicola Leahey, began her movement training as a gymnast at age 7. She went on to study contemporary dance and classical ballet, achieving the RAD Solo Seal at age 16. She graduated from the New Zealand School of Dance in 2009 and went on to work with Queensland based company Dancenorth, collaborating with Ross McCormack ([SIC], Nowhere Fast), Raewyn Hill and Rob Tannion. In 2011 she relocated to Belgium and has since performed extensively in Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s works Faun with James O’Hara, Puz/zle for the premiere season at the Festival d’Avignon, for music video Valtari by Icelandic group Sigur Ros, Icon in conjunction with GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, Nomad with 420PEOPLE, and for the operas Les Indes Galantes and Satyagraha. She has performed with Compagnie Thor for Clear Tears Troubled Waters, Cocktails and the solo ReVolt and collaborated with makers Ross McCormack/Muscle Mouth for AGE at the New Zealand International Arts Festival, Elie Tass/Les Ballets C de la B, Stephanie Lake/Stephanie Lake Company and Lauren Langlois. Nicola has taught Faun repertory to the Royal Ballet of Flanders and The Bolshoi Ballet and is a current Yoga instructor in Brussels. Most recently, Nicola performed in Vessel by Damien Jalet and Kohei Nawa for the Perth International Arts festival.