“As an artist, Nichelle excels in the areas of choreography and performance. She has a fine talent for choreography and works very well with undergraduate students, as well as with younger children. She is a also an outstanding performer, and her strength lies in bringing dramatic works to life on stage.” - Nora Ambrosio, Chairperson, Slippery Rock University Dance Department
“Thanks for inspiring me to find my soul in dancing.” - modern dance student
“There will always be those students who ‘get it’ and are ready to use it, and who will go on to inspire others. Nichelle has received that spark of inspiration and is… imparting it to others.” - Joan Kennedy-Kirkpatrick, Kennedy Dance Centre
“…very reliable and shows her sincerity for dance by her intense concentration and dedication to the art form. She sets an example for all those around her.” - Istvan Ament, former director ODU Ballet
“I am hearing great things about the program. Your talent is so evident and your camp involvement is most appreciated. Our girls are lucky to have you here.” - Jay Toporoff, Camp Danbee Director
“You are a great teacher and all of us girls really appreciate all the time, support, energy, and care you put into everything. I thank you for everything you do for us. I feel that I have become stronger this year in ballet thanks to you!” - ballet student expresses thanks
“Nichelle, May you touch the lives of many others in the lasting way you touched mine.” – Adult student writes appreciation
“There are so many things that can go wrong in a community production of Fiddler on the Roof: Singers not up to snuff. Dances that are little more than moving circles and waving arms…it’s Strzepek’s choreography that catches the eye…Tradition, To Life, and the Chava sequence – each offering a little something different in movement – work.” - Carl Hoover, Waco Tribune-Herald
“…this is the first dance class I’ve taken, you were confident and encouraging even when I wasn’t… you are the first person I knew that can describe how something should feel to where I actually have a better understanding. You could have easily ignored me and stuck me in the back of your mind while teaching because I was new, but instead you made sure I understood everything and helped me when I needed it.” - high school student and beginning dancer who was inspired to go on to take dance classes in college because of her experience.
“Nichelle is one of those teachers that puts a lot of windows in her teaching.” - dance workshop participant and dance parent.
“…a true inspiration, setting a standard we will all strive to achieve.” - thanks from students in pointe class
“Dance this summer has meant so much to me. I looked forward to coming every period… I hope to be as patient and mature with the kids as you are.” - Danbee dance staff member and aspiring teacher