Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Nikki Lazzaretto

This year marks Ms. Lazzaretto's eighth year at Deerfield High School. As a lifelong dancer, she is committed to helping students understand and master the technique of different styles of dance while understanding the mental wellness dancing can provide. Currently, she teaches Dance Explorations, Intermediate/ Advanced Dance and Advanced Dance Repertoire, a co-curricular course for Dance Company members. Students in these classes will explore several disclipines of dance including ballet, jazz, musical theatre, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, heels, cultural dance appreciation, and social dancing. Students have experienced master classes at Deerfield High School from West African dancers, who taught traditional dances from Guinea, and learned original choreography from Hamilton, Bring it On and A Chorus Line, from a current Broadway ensemble dancer. This October, students had the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles to take master dance classes from the top studios and teachers in the industry as a field trip experience through Lazzaretto's dance classes.

Nikki has been on staff at Dancenter North and Lincolnshire Academy of Dance and recently retired as the head coach of a nationally ranked dance team. In 2019, Ms. Lazzaretto was the choroeographer for Illinois High School Theatre Festival's In The Heights and is entering her sixth year as co-director and choreographer of Deerfield Dance Company. This year, she is thrilled to continue as part of the Deerfield High School Theatre family choreographing this year's musical, The Little Mermaid.

Visit the Dance Company website for more information and performance dates!


Contact Information:             


phone: 224.632.3169

2020-2021 Schedule:


Period 2-- Dance 1

Period 4-- Dance 2/3

Period 5-- Freshman Advisory

Periods 7 and 8-- Dance Company Class



  • Please see my Schoology pages for an updated syllabus and remote learning expectations.

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