Meet the TEAM

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Nicole Johnson

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 is a founding artist of Fly on a Wall and originally from the northwest coast of the United States. Upon finishing his formalized dance training at the Ben Stevenson Academy in Houston, Texas, he danced as a member of the Houston Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Ballett Augsburg and Nationaltheater Mannheim. Outside of Fly on a Wall, his choreographic works have been performed by Ballett Augsburg, Atlanta Ballet, Stadt Theater Ulm, at the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, and in the National Theater Festival held in Bucharest, Romania. Nathan has taken part in several independent films and appeared on the TBS sitcom "The Detour”. He teaches dance at a professional level nationally, and currently leads the contemporary dance training for the upper division at the Atlanta Ballet Center for Dance Education. For more information on Nathan, please visit www.nathangriswold.net

Sean Nguyen-Hilton joined Fly on a Wall as a Co-Artistic Director in Fall 2014. He 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. Currently, Sean is a Limited-Term Assistant Professor of Dance at Kennesaw State University. For more information please visit www.seannguyenhilton.com.

Christina Massad, an Atlanta native and citizen of Israel, began interning for Fly on a Wall in August of 2017 and became an official team member in 2018. Christina is a freelance dancer, choreographer, photographer, videographer and graphic designer. She graduated from Kennesaw State University in December of 2018 with a B.A in Dance and a B.S in Media Studies and Entertainment, Magna Cum Laude where she was the awarded the “Outstanding Student/Senior” in both of her majors. She received her dance training at The Georgia Ballet for 14 years and Powerhouse Dance Center for 2 years. She has had the honor of dancing in works by national and international choreographers including Ido Tadmor, Ella Ben-Aharon, Dr. Ivan Pulinkala, James Graham, Sean Nguyen-Hilton, Christine Welker, Nicole Johnson, Otis Sallid, Fly on a Wall and more. Christina has presented her work, “is rael i” at the Modern Atlanta Dance Festival in May 2019 and at the 2018 KSU Dance Company Spring Concert. For more, visit www.christinajmassad.com

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Jimmy Joyner

Jimmy Joyner is a creative spirit from West Tennesse who joined the Fly on a Wall team in April of 2019. Jimmy has performed with Nashville Ballet 2, Wonderbound (previously Ballet Nouveau Colorado), and gloATL. He has also worked as a textile and costume artist as well as a certified yoga instructor. Jimmy is deeply committed to the work of Fly on a Wall and is honored to be a part of this beautiful team.

Nicholas Goodly

Nicholas Goodly is a moving artist and poet from Atlanta, Georgia who joined the Fly on a Wall team in May of 2019. Nicholas is a recipient of the 2017 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship. A Cave Canem Fellow, they received an MFA from Columbia University, was awarded the second place prize for New South Poetry Contest, was a semi-finalist in the 2018 Discovery/ Boston Review Contest, finalist in the 2017 Tennessee Williams Poetry Contest and a finalist in the 2016 Academy of American Poets Prize. Nicholas is the writing editor of WUSSY Magazine and Critics Choice for Best Poet 2018 in Creative Loafing Atlanta. They were a moving artist with GloATL and continued to collaborate with other Atlanta choreographers as well as created original works through word, installation and performance. For more, visit www.nicholasgoodly.com

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Tori Vincent

Tori Vincent is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana where she began her training at a young age. Tori is thrilled to be working as an intern for Fly on a Wall. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Towards the end of her college career and post graduation, Tori instructed and assisted various classes for all ages at Dance Dynamics and Basin Arts. In 2017, Tori performed the work of Frances Barker in STIR. She danced with Basin Dance Collective and Space Lafayette for their 2018 seasons where she performed the works of Clare Cook in Surface and Kelsey Billiot in Formethis. She traveled to Italy in 2018 to attend the Staibdance 2018 Italy Summer Intensive. Tori is continuously searching to connect dance with numerous art forms and create collaborative works with various artists. She is currently a dancer with Zoetic Dance Ensemble.