Nicole Johnson, Atlanta native and a founding artist of Fly on a Wall, is thrilled to find herself a part of an organism grown from the fertile and creative grounds of the vibrant city of Atlanta. As a young artist, she trained at The Atlanta Ballet Center for Dance Education, and joined the Atlanta Ballet in 2006. She has performed works by numerous choreographers, including George Balanchine, Diane Coburn Bruning, Alan Hineline, Stephen Mills, Micheal Pink, Stanton Welch, Lila York, John McFall and Lauri Stallings. In 2009 she began to explore more contemporary work with dance maker Lauri Stallings, leading to the formation of gloATL, a platform for contemporary movement language and physical gesture. While with glo, she was a part of numerous experiences created for Atlanta and beyond, from Rapt in 2009 to The Social Animal in 2013. Nicole has worked intimately with a number of artists across many mediums and this has given her the understanding that all work is truly collaborative at heart. This belief led to the creation of Fly on a Wall.
Nathan Griswold, originally from the northwest coast of the United States, finished his formal dance training at the Ben Stevenson Academy in Houston, Texas. He has danced as a member of the Atlanta Ballet, the Alberta Ballet and Houston Ballet. As a guest artist he has performed with North Carolina Dance Theater and Los Angeles Chamber Ballet. From the fall of 2010 to the end of 2013 he was engaged in Germany as a soloist dancer with Theater Augsburg and Theater Mannheim. In the summer of 2011 Nathan began choreographing and his works so far have been performed by Ballett Augsburg, Atlanta Ballet and Stadt Theater Ulm. During his time in Atlanta Nathan played and recorded music with the band “Jesse Tyler and the Neighbors”. Nathan looks forward to continuing to evolve as a choreographer, dancer and performer.
Sean Nguyen - Hilton
Sean Nguyen - Hilton spent three seasons with River North Dance Chicago Company performing works by Robert Battle, Lauri Stallings, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Kevin Iaega Jeff, Julia Rhodes and Harrison McEldowney, among others. Later, Sean spent two seasons with the NYC-based Armitage Gone! Dance. While with AG!D he toured throughout the U.S. and Europe, and performed at the Joyce theater NYC and Jacob's Pillow. He has also danced with the Bay Area Houston Ballet and Theatre and Columbia Classical Ballet. Sean has been on faculty at The University of South Carolina, The Northwest Florida Ballet, Ballet Tennessee, The Lou Conte Dance Studio, River North Dance Chicago, Thodos Dance Chicago, and Atlanta Ballet Center for Dance Education. After relocating to Atlanta in 2012, Sean danced with gloATL and was principal of gloSCHOOLHOUSE (gloATLs educational platform), from 2013 to 2014. He was the Program Coordinator for ChopArt, an organization empowering homeless youth to practice self-expression through art. Sean was facilitator for Dance Chance Atlanta, a once a month choreographic showcase at the Atlanta Ballet, as well as 2014-15 Walthall Fellow through the Atlanta organization WonderRoot. Sean joined Fly on a Wall as an Artistic Director and Program Coordinator in Fall 2014.