Nicole Townsend was born in San Jose, California. She began dancing at the age 2 and at an early age she realized that her true love was ballet. She began her formal ballet training at Ballet San Jose at age 7 under the direction of Lise La Cour. At age 14, she went on to extend her training for the next three and a half years at City Ballet School in San Francisco. There, she danced many roles ranging from Le Corsaire Pas de trois to Spanish, Arabian and Mirliton Lead in The Nutcracker, as well as Don Quixote and Sleeping Beauty. She moved away from home at age 18 to train with Marat Daukayev in Los Angeles and performed Paquita duets, variation and grand pas corps. Ms. Townsend was then granted a scholarship to the Pacific NorthWest Ballet (PNB) 2019 summer intensive and then was subsequently accepted into their Professional Division Program. She learned many Balanchine variations such as Divertimento No. 15 and Who Cares? She also performed The Nutcracker with the Company and did roles of Spanish, Chinese, Grandma, Snow and Flowers. After Ms. Townsend’s first year as a Professional Division student she was awarded a full scholarship to Paris Opera Ballet 2020 summer intensive through PNB and then later was a recipient of the American Friends of Paris Opera Ballet Scholarship Award in 2020. During the Covid quarantine, she stayed with PNB and then was accepted into Kansas City Ballet II and is very excited to continue her professional dance career with Kansas City Ballet!