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, NY 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 was active duty for two years and just released from the Inactive Ready Reserve in April of 2014.

Nicole took her first sewing class at Greenwich High School, 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 has rediscovered her calling in classical ballet.

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

Tutu construction workshop with Claudia Folts from Tutu.Com

Color Theory, Costume History, Clothing Construction, Textile and Fabrication Analysis, Trend Forecasting and Concept Research, Patternmaking I, Fashion Sketching I, and Fundamentals of Design classes at the Art Institute NYC

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

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

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

  • Repair, refurbish, alter and launder costume inventory
  • Construct new costumes under guidance of the Artistic Director

Made by Nicole Elaine
, Sole Proprietor, Mount Vernon, NY         September 2011-Present

  • Basic tutu construction with hand tacking, bodice alteration, some embellishment work
  • Basic leotard construction
  • Sloper and pattern drafting
  • Commission pieces including a bridal gown, women’s dinner jacket