•    Dr. Nikki Spotts 

    Arts and Education Council - 2020 Art Educator of the year!  Dr. Spotts is a product of the St. Louis Public Schools (Shaw VPA, Marquette VPA and Central VPA).  Dr. Spotts attended The University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she received a BFA in Dance Education and Lindenwood University where she received her Masters in Education (MAT), Masters in Administration (MA), Educational Specialist in Superintendent (EdS), and Doctorate of Education in Advanced Superintendent (EdD). Dr. Nikki Spotts is an alumnus of the Regional Arts Commission of grant writing and panelist.  She has taught dance at a variety of community centers, dance studios (COCA, Charley’s Bodyshoppe, DaySpring School of the Arts, etc.), afterschool programs, master classes (Philadelphia, Colorado, New York, Illinois and St. Louis), Adjunct Professor (Fontbonne University, Lindenwood University, Florissant Valley Community College, Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville) and her own dance company “The Nikki Bradford Dance Ensemble”.  In addition to teaching Dr. Spotts has received the Art Educator of the Year Award 2020, The Pettuce Award in Excellence of Teaching 2014 and Awarded the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Schools of Excellence in Arts Education 2013 (State Level Award-Missouri).

    Dr. Nikki Spotts has choreographed on stages around the world including performances at the Fox Theatre, B.E.T. Gospel Stellar Awards, in L.A., Club Med Resorts (Florida, Colorado, Bahamas, Mexico, and Dominican Republic). She also was pictured in Life Magazine, St. Louis Post Dispatch, St. Louis American, and The St. Louis Business Journal.

    Dr. Nikki Spotts has danced with a variety of dance companies (Joseph Holmes Dance Company, Kariamu & Company African Traditions, Philadelphia, PA; Nommo African American Dance, New York, NY; Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Denver, CO) and St. Louis Black Repertory in “Bubbling Brown Sugar” and currently teaches at Shaw VPA as the Dance Director and the Arts Department Chairperson.


Phone: (314) 776-5091


Degrees and Certifications:

EdD: Advanced Superintendent EdS: Superintendent Administration MA: Principal MAT: Education BFA: Dance Education

Dr. Nikki Spotts