When he graduated and moved to New York, he didn’t have one particular goal in mind. His first job was, interestingly enough, dancing on Saturday Night Live. The choreographer — a fellow redhead — had seen his headshot and invited him along, to feature in a Tonight Show with Kevin Beacon. The show was definitely something to brag about for a young dancer at the dawn of his career, and he started to get invited to other projects. When you are in a company, speculates Nick, the company’s repertoire speaks for you and it makes you who you are, whereas when you are on your own, your resume looks somewhat eclectic. New York has excellent opportunities to do things completely different from what you did the day before, and Nick says he highly appreciates this. He remembers his experience with American Dance Machine, where he got a chance to recreate, among other things, some of Jerome Robbins' works. "It taught me a lot about the integrity of dance, and about the process, and perhaps this is why I like to choreograph — because I like being in a studio, surrounded by dancers. You have a chance to create something, to tell a story — or not to tell a story, and people would still come and see it because they just like to see you dance. This is pretty amazing."