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From dancing in the spotlight to designing impressive routines from behind the scenes: Nancy Marie-Claire is the creative force everyone wants on their team
With an established and shining reputation as an international dancer and all-around powerhouse talent under her belt, Nancy Marie-Claire, who's originally from the French Caribbean island of Martinique, is one powerful star who's carved out an invaluable role for herself behind the scenes.

From her time dancing professionally on TV shows such as "Briskly Sunday," "Star Academy," and "Hit machine," and being a featured talent in countless commercials, such as the unforgettable Nike ?Women Fall? campaign, Nancy has proven that she boasts the kind of magnetic energy necessary to command the attention of an audience. Over the years she?s been called in to dance on tour and various other live events by some of the most well-known artists across the globe, such as Ricky Martin, Matt Pokora, Solaar, Billy Crawford, Shaggy, Enrique Iglesias and more.

 

?I entered the artistic world with dance, which I started at the age of nine? My career as a dancer and choreographer was my main and professional activity for about 30 years,? Nancy explains. ?I have had the opportunity and honour to work with great national and international artists on national television shows, tours? I also collaborated with the world of film as a dancer, choreographer and director at the sports scene.?

 

Decades of experience as a professional dancer and choreographer have provided Nancy with a heightened level of expertise that few others can claim. Her knowledge of production, performance, the body in motion and choreographed routines all lend to her power as a creative and effective force when it comes to designing routines for others.

 

Nancy explains, ?My dancer years automatically propelled me to choreography where again I was lucky to have been recognized in my art and by my peers to apply for castings and even to think of me and propose me participation from the start of a production or by the artist themself.?

 

Some notable television projects she?s been invited to come on board as both choreographer and artistic director include the first seasons of the ?The Voice,? which aired on France?s TF1, and France 2?s ?Sing-Off: 100% Vocal? hosted by G?rard award winner Alexandre Devoise (?X Factor,? ?Fort Boyard?).

 

About her choice to move from working as a professional dancer to a more behind the scenes role, Nancy says, ?I did a professional reconversion because I wanted to evolve and discover another aspect of myself and my abilities. I wanted to be able to continue to share, to travel while remaining as independent as I was by my dancing responsibilities.?

 

With a repertoire that includes working as personal sports coach, physical trainer, performance advisor and stage director, Nancy Marie-Claire is often called into work on major feature films.

 

One of her newest projects is Audrey Dewan?s upcoming dramatic feature film ?But You Are Crazy,? aka ?Mais Vous ?tes Fous,? starring three-time C?sar Award nominee Pio Marma? (?Aliyah,? ?The Trouble with You?), Lumiere Award winner C?line Sallette (?Marie Antoinette,? ?The Returned?), who earned the prestigious Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters title in 2013, and Maxence Tual (?One of Us,? ?Rodin?).

 

?But You Are Crazy? follows Marma??s character Roman, a family man who loves his wife Camille (Sallette) and their two daughters, but struggles with a secret drug addiction that he fears will tear them apart.

 

With her tried and true talent for getting performers into the physical and mental shape necessary for their role coupled her expertise as a choreographer, Nancy was hired on to work as the artistic director for the dance scenes, as well as the sports trainer for the main roles played by Marma?, his two daughters who are played by Keren Ann Zajtelbach And Lola Rosa Lavielle, and the the supporting role of Serge, played by Maxence Tual.

?My main job was to train [Marma?]  the main actor physically and mentally, because his character was a drugged family man, to set up choreographed scenes for the girls who were having fun and imitating their father,? Nancy explains.

?I had trainings sessions with Pio in pre-production and during filming, as well with the girls and the supporting role. The work had to be segmented because the protagonists were many and were different ages, so a different approach for each was needed. It was important for everyone to feel confident for a better adaptation in view of the different scenes, and their own goals.? 

Aside from developing a nutritional program for Pio Marma? and fitness programs for the other actors, Nancy was also tasked with choreographing several scenes for ?But You Are Crazy,? one such scene involved Roman?s (Marma?) daughter creating a dance for school. 

?I had to stage a choreography with Pio and the two girls. One of the two girls reproducing a choreography for the school, her sister imitating her and the admiring father, taking care to help her daughter to create this choreography,? explains Nancy. ?I had to create, learn and set up the choreography for the three actors, and adapt each movement so that the realization and the memorization was easy for each one of them.?

 

In addition to her knowledge and creativity in terms of dance, choreography and performance in general, Nancy is also a certified sports coach, pilates instructor and electrostimulation trainer, all of which have proven invaluable to her work when it comes to training performers for big roles.

 

Earlier in her career as a celebrity trainer to the stars she was tapped to be the personal trainer and advisor for actress and director Amelle Chahbi where she helped Chahbi prepare for her role in the film ?Take-Away Romance,? aka ?Amour sur place ou ? emporter.? Chahbi, who is known for her roles in films such as ?All Inclusive? and ?Coexister,? couldn?t help but rave about Nancy?s work.

?Nancy is good at what she does because she is a fighter. She has always been a straight, organized, and professional person. She is a loyal person, who has beautiful values...Nancy knows her subject and studied it well before starting to work with it,? says Chahbi.

?She can make us beautiful, talk to us, fade when necessary, support us, push us to go beyond ourselves with kindness.... If she sees that certain explanations are misunderstood, she formulates to reassure us... the results with her are amazing.?

Over the years Nancy has also devoted her time, energy and talent to charity projects, such as the ?Discovery Project? led by Ma?sha Africa, an association founded by former Miss France, Sonia Rolland. With the goal of supporting and educating orphaned children in Rwanda, Ma?sha Africa?s ?Discovery Project? is centered around wellness and fitness.

Nancy says, ?My role is to teach them and teach them methods of physical preparation, how to feel good, all of the techniques of bodybuilding and well-being.?

From her work as a shining star on stages and screens across the globe to her integral role as fitness professional, celebrity trainer and artistic designer behind the scenes, Nancy Marie-Claire is definitely one creative force whose talent knows no bounds.

She says, ?My reconversion in the field of sport and fitness was a big change that allowed me to keep the artistic network, to create a new one and to apply all my past experiences to the benefit of my new skills for the good of all those people who made me evolve and those to come. I learned and I would not stop learning, I grew up and evolved through these experiences and I can not wait to discover new ones because life offers so many surprises.?

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