I love and cherish both water and fitness. Surfing for me was a natural addiction and being raised in Canada’s frigid temperatures, I never really got to fulfill my passion for the sport. I fell in love with both surfing and Nosara four years ago when I embarked on a solo surf trip. The country and surf culture immediately felt like home to me. I left Nosara after my first trip with tears in my eyes and a hard pull at my heart to stay there. I decided then and there that this was the life for me; Pura Vida. I also decided that I needed to increase my overall strength, agility and flexibility. Being an athlete all my life, I thought that I was in “surf shape” but was always humbled every time I got on my board. I fell upon The Extension Method™ right after my first trip to Nosara and was immediately connected to the fitness and fun of the program even though I had zero dance experience. They are both completely complimentary to each other and changed the way I looked and performed for my next trip and avoided injury. This is why I am bringing a new and unique program Pointe Break Retreats to those who want to challenge themselves physically and restore themselves along the way. I now live in Nosara, Costa Rica and I love every minute of it. I want to share this passion I have for surfing, Extension Method™ ballet fitness and Costa Rica! I truly believe in taking on new challenges and living outside of your comfort zone. It is in this space that we all can truly thrive and create ourselves.
Jennifer Nichols, choreographer and professional dancer, is also founder and director of the elite ballet fitness program, The Extension Method™ (recently featured in The Globe and Mail and Canadian Living). She is owner of The Extension Room, a multi-purpose dance and fitness studio in downtown Toronto. In addition to acting as the home of Jennifer’s ballet fitness program, The Extension Room presents new works of dance, opera and classical music, and offers affordable space to artists for creation.
Originally from Collingwood, Ontario, Jennifer received her professional ballet training from the Quinte Ballet School and L’Ecole Superieure de Danse du Quebec, and post graduate studies with Ballet BC. She has danced professionally for such companies as Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and Banff Festival Dance, and has been a company member of Opera Atelier Ballet since 2008. She will return with Opera Atelier in 2016 to perform at the Opera Royale de Versailles.
Jennifer is Co. Artistic Director of the Toronto based company Hit and Run Dance Productions, founded in 2003, producing works across Canada and internationally. As choreographer and dancer she has also worked with Against the Grain Theatre for their Dora Award winning Messiah in 2013 & 2015, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (upcoming June 2017), Opera 5, FAWN Chamber Creative and the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory. Jennifer is also choreographer of the CBS hit television show ‘REIGN’ (CW network). Other onscreen choreography and performance credits include the CW’s pilot ‘TRANSYLVANIA’, upcoming Global tv mini series ‘MARY KILLS PEOPLE’, feature films ‘Barney’s Version’ and ‘Our House’, BRAVO film ‘Nureyev’, Paramount’s ‘Save the Last Dance 2’ and the National Film Board’s ‘Dance of Death’.
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