As a classical dancer Nick trained with City Ballet of Houston under Margo Marshall and danced in the southwest USA and northern Europe.
Nick Cucuzzo Ph.D. – For nearly 35 years, “Dr. Nick” Cucuzzo has been involved with classical dance, wellness, fitness, healthy living & Pilates exercise.
As a wellness/exercise specialist, he has worked with: ballet dancers, obese children, adults in fitness programs, substance abusers, stress patients, severely burned children and has mentored college students in internships at the university level. Nick danced professionally for 14 years after studying with Margo Marshall who exposed him to teachers such as Sir Frederic Franklin, Anna-Marie Holmes, Sasha Minz, George Zoritch, Luis Fuente, Robert Joffrey, Alun and Helen Jones, and Eugene Slavin. He is currently teaching private sessions in Pilates based exercise.
Nick holds a Ph.D. and a dual masters. One from the Univ. of Houston in Exercise Science, the other a master’s in environmental engineering from Manhattan College in New York City. He was awarded a full graduate stipend from the Florida State Univ. to obtain a doctoral degree in Movement Science. Nick has attended university and professional language schools in Italy, Greece , Australia , Mexico and Scandinavia .
As a classical dancer Nick trained with City Ballet of Houston under Margo Marshall and danced in the southwest USA and northern Europe. As an artist-in-residence in Scandinavia , he became conversational in Norwegian and then traveled to Florence to learn the Italian language and study Cecchetti ballet technique. Upon his return to the USA, he performed with the Houston Grand Opera during the premiere season at the Wortham Center dancing on stage aside Placido Domingo in Verdi’s Opera, “AIDA”, which was nationaly televised on PBS’s Great Performances series.
In addition to lecturing and conducting research at FSU, he acted as director of the successful university-based adult wellness program. He became the keynote lecturer and acting consultant for Florida’s Dept. of Education’s nutrition education and wellness program. He joined the Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston in 1997 under a grant from the National Institute for Disabilities, Rehabilitation and Research. Dr. Cucuzzo’s contribution to Shrine efforts of creating a model pediatric burn rehabilitation program, was in directing the establishment of a Children’s Wellness Center. It took an interdisciplinary and holistic approach to improving a burned child and their family’s quality of life by increasing their levels of regular, purposeful physical activity which included use of the classical Pilates reformer and Cadillac. As a visiting professor in the College of Health and Human Performance’s, Dept. of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology at the Univ. of FL , he taught Pilates mat exercise certifying through Pilates Concepts of Houston under John Gossett and the New York Physical Mind Institute. He is also on staff at Pilates Houston.
Nick’s future aspirations include achieving optimal wellness and mentoring, educating, and counseling others in the same via physical activity and Pilates exercise. He aspires to publish literary and scholarly works, extending his interests to the national and international arenas.