Vivian Nixon, born Vivian Nichole Nixon[1], is an American dancer and actress. She portrayed Andrea Cohen, a Vocal Adrenaline member, on Glee and as a dancer on Smash.

Personal Life

Nixon was born in Miami, Florida to Debbie Allen and Norman Nixon.[2] She has a young brother, Norm Jr. Nixon was named after her grandmother Vivian Ayers - Allen and her aunt is actress Phylicia Rashad.

Nixon took gymnastics until she was 13, but when a fellow gymnast fell and was seriously injured, her mother took her out of the sport. She went on to study at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D. C. and at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles, CA.


While still in her final year of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance, she was cast as Kalinda by Hot Feet's conceiver/director/choreographer Maurice Hines. Hot Feet follows the classic storyline of The Red Shoes with a '70s funk facelift, and Kalimba is the ambitious girl at the center of it who can't stop dancing (literally).

She was named of the top "25 to Watch"by Dance Magazine in 2007. Broadway: Hot Feet (Kalimba). Regional: Alan Johnson’s West Side Story (Anita), Bayou Legend (Sara), Pearl (Pearl), Soul Possessed, Dreams, Brothers of the Knight and The Chocolate Nutcracker. Tours: Joey McKneely’s European tour of West Side Story (Anita), Alvin Ailey II and Opera Ebony’s Harriet. Film: 500 Days of Summer, Great Observer and Bolden (all in post-production). Television: Glee, Eli Stone, Everybody Hates Chris, Songs of Soul and Inspiration, That’s So Raven, Cool Women and Polly. Ms Nixon has also been a feature performer on four of the Annual Academy Awards.


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Glee Andrea Cohen uncredited (Pilot, Acafellas and Journey to Regionals)
Everybody Hates Chris Pretty Woman (Everybody Hates Fake IDs)
(500) Days of Summer Dancer
2010 Louis Anaya-Bolden's Muse
2012 Smash Dancer (10 episodes)
2013 Boardwalk Empire Onyx Club Dancer (Farewell Daddy Blues)
2014 Finally Famous Jasmine completed
It Could Be Worse Receptionist (Fate)
Power Fiona (Who You With? and Loyalty)
2015 Bolden! Anaya-Bolden's Muse post-production


  • She was born three months premature.



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