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Nicole Surran & Hayley Mellum

Founding CoDirectors

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Hayley Mellum & Nicole Surran are lifelong friends and co-owners/directors of 520 Dance Company LLC. Hayley & Nicole met while training in classical ballet in the Tucson area. Realizing that they loved other styles of dance too, the two went on to study other styles of dance and have performed across the U.S. and around the world. They have a combined three decades of dance instruction and choreographic experience and gain deep satisfaction coaching dancers of all ages to achieve their goals of any size. When they aren’t dancing, Hayley & Nicole are killing it in their other career interests as educators and mental health professionals which is part of what helps them make 520 Dance Co unique, holistic, and inclusive.

Learn a little bit more about 520 Dance Company....

ZUZI:  Tell us a little bit about the performance for this ZUZI! Winter Solstice show. What is the significance to the solstice??

520:  The piece we created is called Zenith and consists of three short movements. The Choreographers are Hayley Mellu, Hayley Mellum assisted by Nicole Surran, Janessa Sala, and Maddy Greene. The first movement is a work we originally premiered in Spring 2021. We expanded upon the signature phrasing and movement vocabulary to create the final two movements. In the first movement, four dancers represent the lightest and brightest qualities of the seasons through spritely petit allegro and contemporary ballet choreography. The second movement’s tone darkens as the seasons change, this time with three dancers exploring the transitions between isolation and connectedness that many of us have been negotiating over the past year. Finally, the climax in the third movement brings all 8 dancers together for a momentous and grounded final dance. Reaching the Zenith to celebrate the solstice. The music we selected is from the iconic Vivaldi Seasons, this time “recomposed” by the modern composer Max Richter.

ZUZI:  Tell us a little bit about your group, organization or, if you are an Independent Contractor-your personal experience as a solo Artist.

520:  Dance is for everyone. Founded on the eve of the 2020 global pandemic, co-founders and Tucson natives Hayley Mellum & Nicole Surran have been changing the definition of dance in the 520. We know it takes more than professional training and innovative choreography to be an impactful dance company. At 520, we combine technical training, innovative choreography, and unique performance opportunities with a constructive and nurturing environment. We are committed to kind humans, diverse bodies, and an environment as warm and friendly as Tucson itself. About the Directors: Hayley Mellum & Nicole Surran are lifelong friends and co-owners/directors of 520 Dance Company LLC. Hayley & Nicole met while training in classical ballet in the Tucson area. Realizing that they loved other styles of dance too, the two went on to study other styles of dance and have performed across the U.S. and around the world. They have a combined three decades of dance instruction and choreographic experience, and gain deep satisfaction coaching dancers of all ages to achieve their goals of any size. When they aren’t dancing, Hayley & Nicole are killing it in their other career interests as educators and mental health.

ZUZI:  How did you learn about ZUZI! Dance? What draws you to ZUZI!?

520:  Zuzi has been a staple in the Arizona dance and arts communities. In the early days of 520 becoming a dance company, Zuzi hosted the first show we ever performed in as a company. Zuzi brings artists together or different styles and specialities and creates a safe place to help artists grow! 520 Dance Company aspires to follow in the footsteps of Zuzi in helping cultivate arts in Tucson!

Thank you, Hayley, Nicole & 520 Dance Company, for bringing your fun, upbeat energy and awesome choreography to ZUZI! Dance and thank you for being a part of our special Solstice show!

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