Nicole Carroll-Rutherford has been dancing for 30 years. After a short time of being a student of dance, she realized her love and passion for dance. ”This was an amazing time that changed the course of my life & career in the grandest way.” When she was asked if she would want to become a dance Instructor, she stepped back and said to herself what does my heart say? The answer, yes to dance! A week later she was in training and to this day still trains in all aspects of her career she says “The joy of the journey is to become more; my heart sings to a piece of music I hear and then I can express this through my mind, body & spirit; a 3-D workout. I love the quote of Albert Einstein “Dancers are Gods Athlete’s.”
During Nicole’s pro/am career she competed and did showcase performances many times with her students in all styles. Many of her students became champions in their divisions. She won the Top Overall United States Pro-Am Female Instructor for 4 consecutive years in 3 of the United States largest dance circuits.
During Nicole’s professional competitive career she had her greatest success when she started her partnership with Dan Rutherford. She said “It was magical and we had an instant connection and shared in the same goals” They started competing in the Open American Rhythm and were in every Open American Rhythm final from the start to end of their career. After only seven months of competing together they competed at the United States Dancesport Championships (USDC) and were 4th official in the US. They were Open US American Rhythm finalist their entire competitive career (10 years) They went on to win major competitions throughout the US and ultimately to win their highest accolade the World professional Open American Rhythm Championships.
Dan and Nicole were Voted United States “Overall Top Professional Couple of the Year” 2 years consecutively.
They have been seen on Nostalgia, Good Life TV, PBS Championship Ballroom Dancing, Dancing with the Stars Christmas at Disney World and recently (2017) after 14 years form being retired, Dan and Nicole performed a Rumba while Linda Eder from Broadway was singing live “What Did You See Inside The Stars” on Live TV for America’s Ballroom Challenge/ Ohio Star Ball’s 40th Anniversary Show “Legends and Champions”. It was so Magical to Perform again together hand in hand and feel the joy of dancing together again in front of a roaring stadium crowd. It was so special for us a moment we won’t forget.
They have always treasured the moments they have shared together grand or small then and now. They have never wavered from their kindred love, passion and desire of Dance. To this day they say “we are so fortunate to have found each other as dancers and soulmates as they became husband & wife during this 23 year partnership as well.
Nicole states “My successful career has been due to my love, passion and desire of dance in all aspects. I love to help people be all they want to be, I love to inspire. Our Fred Astaire Dance Schools Motto is to Enrich the life of others. I truly believe in this statement and know it is true. I’ve seen it over and over through the years of teaching and coaching others. I am so lucky this passion is my profession, it has truly been an amazing, joyful adventure.
Nicole Carroll is the Fred Astaire Dance Studios Inc. – Regional Dance Director of Indiana.