Nicki Shackleford


Class of 2013 from Chantilly, Virginia
Double major in Dance in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and Political Science in the College of Humanities and Behavioral Science
Campus Involvement:
Campus Crusade for Christ

While studying political science at another university, Nicki Shackleford spent most of her spare time dancing and teaching for a dance company. Although she’d been a dancer since she was three years old, Shackleford hadn’t ever considered channeling her passion into a career. Then she met Kyle Shukis, an adjunct dance professor at Radford University.

Seeing Shackleford’s raw talent, Shukis encouraged her to pay a visit to Radford University’s Department of Dance to get a first-hand look at the program. She was impressed.

“The students were so talented and the faculty was so incredibly welcoming,” she said. “I was so impressed with the choreography, performance opportunities and class sizes of the program that I decided to transfer to Radford.”

Frequently spending 25 hours a week dancing either in class or at rehearsals, Shackleford feels challenged by the program, which she believes is preparing her for a career doing what she loves most. Her ambitions include dancing professionally for a dance company or in a Broadway show in New York City.

“I’m also considering teaching dance and even starting my own studio in the future,” Shackleford said.

Meanwhile, Shackleford continues to stay involved in political science, choosing to double major in the field. She is pleased she found a university that allows her to pursue very different majors that fulfill very different interests.