Nikolaos Markakis is a co-founder of Half Second Echo Dance Collective. He was first introduced to dance at the Cretan Association of Toronto Knossos, where he studied Cretan Folkloric dance. He was introduced to Western styles of dance in High School and followed his passion of movement to York University where he completed his Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2013. Post his undergraduate degree, he has performed and choreographed with Half Second Echo and performed for; Shannon Litzenberger, Valerie Calam, David Earl, Marie-Josee Chartier, and Susie Burpee. Outside of the Dance world Nikolaos is the President of the Winters College Alumni Network, and the East Coast Vice President of the Pancretan Youth Association of America. Currently Nikolaos is researching the possibility of hybrid choreography between Cretan Folkloric and Contemporary dance practices. His main objective is to use his two embodied dance recourses in his creative practice to allow an organic approach, and cultivating an environment for his two worlds of dance to live simultaneously.