Nicola is a graduate of the teaching program at the Royal Ballet School in London, England. This was a three-year full time training program covering all aspects of dance training from which she graduated top of her class and was awarded the 1998 Dame Ninette de Valois Award for excellence in teaching. She taught for nine years at the London Studio Centre which is a professional performing arts school, where she worked closely with Margaret Barbieri, former Principal dancer with the Royal Ballet Company. Nicola assisted Ms Barbieri on her audition tours throughout Europe for her professional company Images of Dance.
Since arriving in Vancouver, Nicola has worked at many schools throughout the lower mainland. She has been on the staff at Harbour Dance for the last sixteen years and is has been a regular guest teacher for Ballet BC.