Here are the nuts and bolts of who I am and what I do professionally. I build community and I tell stories. For my complete CV or to book a dance performance, workshop or private lesson please email me at nancyhitzig [at] gmail [dot] com. I look forward to hearing from you!
With over 15 years dance experience and 10+ years as a professional performer and teacher, I perform and teach swing dance and lindy hop. I work primarily in London for Swing Patrol London at their Angel venue and regularly teach independently. In my capacity as a performer, I am an international award winning lindy hop dancer, instructor, singer and cabaret artist. I have performed in Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Munich, San Francisco, New York, Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa.
In 2018, I made my choreographic and performance debut at Sadler’s Wells in ‘Fusion’ – the UK’s first fully inclusive latin and ballroom showcase. I was commissioned by Step Change Studios to make a vintage chorus line for the show’s opening number and mostly recently a piece for their 2019 showcase ‘Fairy Tales’. As a producer and dancer, I co-choreographed and co-produced my first full length dance show entitled ‘Swing, Sister, Swing’ – a jazz dance show at the Arcola Theatre alongside Cat Foley and 12 London-based swing dancers. This project was supported by Arts Council England through a National Lottery Project Grant and through the generous support of 35 exceptional donors. In July 2019, we redeveloped and devised Swing, Sister, Swing to make an original 70 minute narrative dance show for 6 women at Rich Mix. A sell out, this show was also supported by an Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant, a donation by the Canadian High Commission and 80+ crowdfunding supporters. This showcase also featured an original score recording by an all-female big band and composed by Two Twenty Two Music.
In 2014, I graduated with a Master of International Marketing program from HULT International Business School in London, England and San Francisco, California. Upon completing my degree, I knew that London was the town for me! I moved back in September 2014 to work with City of London Sinfonia as their Director of Development. Ready for new challenges, I moved to English Heritage in 2017 in a newly created role on the Private Philanthropy team and quit in February 2020 to pursue dance full time. I have a small roster of consulting clients and offer training and development for trustees, emerging fundraisers and artists.
In 2011, I became the volunteer General Manager for Against the Grain (AtG), a cutting-edge Canadian theatre collective dedicated to presenting classical and contemporary musical repertoire in innovative ways and unconventional spaces.
While working with AtG, I was the Development Officer for the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC), a national, non-profit organization that engages Canadians in citizenship through innovative programs, campaigns and partnerships. Holding a newly created position, I was responsible for managing fundraising initiatives directed at corporations and foundations as well as major gift fundraising, governance and administration. I also worked closely with the ICC’s communications manager, lending strategic event planning support and expertise.
Prior to joining the ICC team, I started my career working at Opera Atelier as its Manager of Education and Marketing. In this position, I oversaw a diverse portfolio encompassing marketing and promotions, artistic administration and education, as well as outreach and volunteer coordination. In addition to expanding the “Making of an Opera” program’s annual reach from 600 students to more than 1,200, I also managed special events such as opening and closing night receptions, and most notably, Opera Atelier’s highly publicized 2010 Versailles Gala which garnered national coverage in numerous media outlets.