Nozama Dance Collective is a modern dance company based in Boston, Massachusetts, founded in 2012 and directed by Gracie Novikoff and Natalie Schiera. Nozama is focused on portraying the female experience, female relationships, and the empowering, bold reactions of women in this current political climate. Through raw movement and complex partnering, the company is breaking boundaries in the Boston dance community. Nozama has been privileged to represent Emerging Artists in ‘Outside the Box Boston 2015’, and has performed in numerous festivals including the Southern Vermont Dance Festival, Jose Mateo Dance for World Community Festival, Kelley Donovan Third Life Series, NACHMO Boston, and RAW Artists Boston. Nozama is also currently partnering with the Big Sisters Association to teach movement workshops to young girls ages 9-13 in an effort to empower them to embrace their inner girl power. Nozama has produced three full-length concerts, including “Pushing Past Impulse” in 2016, “Bodies and Choices” in 2017, and “Enough” in 2018.
When naming the company, directors Novikoff and Schiera were looking for a synonym for ‘an empowered woman’. However, many of the words found had a negative connotation, particularly the word ‘Amazonian’. This struck them as both frustrating and enlightening, and thus they were presented with an opportunity to change that perspective. They wanted to “flip” these terms on their head, and with that, Nozama was born.