Born and raised in Waterloo, Ontario, Nicole began stepdancing at the age of 12, fiddling when she was 15, and voice lessons soon after. In 1986, she stepped on stage with her family, and later, went on to study music at Wilfrid Laurier University, obtaining an Honours Bachelor of Music in both Performance and Education (along with an Honours English Degree).
She is an award winning stepdancer in both group and solo dancing.She has written & conducted musical arrangements for concert series in Florida, North Carolina and Arizona.She has appeared on stage in Branson, Opryland, Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, New York and many other states as well as almost every province in Canada. She has opened for such greats as Roy Clarke, Bill Anderson and Milton Berle. Nicole spent ten years as a Headliner Performer/Musical Director/ Arranger for the The Guse Family on Holland America, Royal Caribbean Int’l, Cunard and Celebrity Cruise Lines. Music has given her the opportunity to travel around the world three times.
Closer to home, Nicole may be recognized for her work with Drayton Entertainment as both a Performer and Musical Director. Shows include: Kings & Queens of Country (Arranger 2017, 2018); Sorry…I’m Canadian (Musical Director/Arranger 2006, 2008, 2013); Country Legends (Performer/Fiddle Player/Musical Director & Arranger 2009,2010); The Christmas Show (Performer/Arranger for The Guse’s 2007); Canadian Toonie (Performer/Musical Director & Arranger 2003).
When not performing, Nicole can be found working on musical arrangements, vocal harmonies and dance numbers. In 2006, Nicole founded “Let the Fun Begin Music Lessons”, teaching stepdancing, fiddle/violin, and voice. She currently has over 100 students ranging from age 5 to 75. She enjoys the challenge and reward of helping people of all ages advance their skills and continue to love music.
The Sounds of Christmas show was a dream of Nicole’s for 6 years. In 2013, she was thrilled to be able to develop this special multi-performer musical variety show and have her dream come true. The Sounds of Christmas has raised over $100,000.00 for local children’s charity, KidsAbility, in Waterloo, since it's premiere in 2013.
The objective of my lessons are to make music fun for the student so that they will continue to love music and want to play, sing or dance. Lessons are an “extra-curricular” activity and if they are not fun, the student will not want to continue. Lessons are planned on an individual basis formed to fit the each student.
Nicole Guse had a dream. She wanted to produce a musical Christmas variety show in support of KidsAbility.
Over the last 5 years Nicole has been able to present KidsAbility Foundation with more than $100,000
Dream big. That’s what Nicole Guse did when she decided to produce The Sounds of Christmas, a multi-generational musical variety show in support of KidsAbility. “My son, Joshua, attended KidsAbility for both speech and occupational therapy from the time he was 18 months old until he finished junior kindergarten at the KidsAbility school at age 5,” explains Nicole. “It was my dream to give back to KidsAbility
on a grander scale, while at the same time bringing the community together to enjoy the season.”
In December 2013, Nicole’s dream became a reality with her critically acclaimed production. Even Nicole’s son participated in The Sounds of Christmas – a truly remarkable feat considering his past. “When Joshua started at KidsAbility, he could barely say three words,” states Nicole. “He had sensory issues with both touch and sound. Today, Joshua is a great example of what early intervention can do for a young child. He now talks up a storm, loves to sing and dance, and has learned valuable strategies to help deal very effectively with his sensory issues through the help at KidsAbility.”
The Sounds of Christmas proved to be a smashing success, raising over $100,000.00 to date for KidsAbility in the past five years. The show includes 12 professional adults, but it also gives children a wonderful opportunity to be part of a production that emphasizes the true spirit of giving! Today, Nicole's dream continues with The Sounds of Christmas 2018.
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