ABOUT

MADE BY NICOLE ELAINE

Backstage at NEAD Nutcracker 2019
Photograph by Amédée Maggard

Nicole Roque grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut and has a background in classical ballet. She was a student with the Connecticut Ballet, The Ballet Class in Rye, New York, and also attended a summer intensive with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.

After graduating in 2004 from Duquesne University, she joined the United States Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant and was stationed overseas at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

Nicole took her first sewing class at Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT and what was once a hobby, is now her passion. After taking design, patternmaking, and color theory classes at the Art Institute of New York City, Nicole has come full-circle and answered her calling to classical ballet.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

OWNER/SOLE PROPRIETOR
Made by Nicole Elaine, Mount Vernon, NY   September 2011-Present

  • Tutu design, construction, alterations, embellishment
  • Leotard/contemporary costume construction
  • Sloper and pattern drafting
  • Commission pieces including bridal gown, women’s evening wear, Communion dress

CLIENTS/EXPERIENCE
N E A D, Costume Mistress, New Canaan, CT  June 2019-Present

  • Repair, refurbish, alter and launder costume inventory
  • Draft and construct new costumes under guidance of Artistic Directors
  • Assist backstage during student and company performances

Ballet des Amériques, Costume Mistress, Port Chester, NY   December 2014-December 2016

  • Repair, refurbish, alter and launder costume inventory
  • Draft and construct new costumes under guidance of Artistic Director
  • Assist backstage during student and company performances

PRIVATE COMMISSIONS
Professional Dancers and Students from:

American Ballet Theatre
New York City Ballet

Ballet Academy East
Ellison Ballet
The International City School of Ballet

PAST & PRESENT COLLABORATIONS
Academy of N E B C O
Academy of New England Ballet Company

F A B T
French-American Ballet Theatre

G B A
Greenwich Ballet Academy

H.O.P.E.
Rhythmic Gymnastics

N E A D
New England Academy of Dance

N M Y B
Norwalk Metropolitan Youth Ballet


EDUCATION
The Art Institute of New York City, New York, NY   Oct 2011-Sep 2012
Fashion Design, 3.9 GPA, Dean’s Honor Roll

Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA    Aug 2000-May 2004
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Minor in Theology


RELEVANT COURSEWORK

  • Tutu construction workshop with Claudia Folts of Tutu.Com
  • Men’s Tunics workshop with Travis Halsey of Halsey Onstage
  • Color Theory, Costume History, Clothing Construction, Textile and Fabrication Analysis, Trend Forecasting and Concept Research, Patternmaking I, Fashion Sketching I, Fundamentals of Design classes at the Art Institute NYC


INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE

Paul Carroll, LLC, Brooklyn, New York   Sep 2012-Nov 2012
Assisted with in-house patternmaking and production, textile purchasing

Stella M’Lia, LLC, Cos Cob, Connecticut   June 2012-Sep 2012
Took inventory, inspected garments for quality control, performed garment repair

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