Photo by Steve Clarke
Photo Credits on all pages: The Bell House
Certified Movement Analyst | Graduate of the Laban/Bartienieff Institute of Movement Studies/NYC
Nina Madsen moved to Tulsa from Brooklyn, New York in 2009. She graduated cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BFA in Dance in 2005. She also studied at the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts in Perth and Teatterikorkeakoulu, The Theater Academy of Finland in Helsinki. While living in NYC, she received her Certificate of Movement Analysis from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies as well as an Associates Degree in Occupational Studies from the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences. She has performed internationally in Australia and Finland, and nationally in New York City, New Jersey, North Carolina and Oklahoma. She has had the opportunity to work with notable choreographers B.J. Sullivan, Andrea Woods, James Robey, Amanda Selwyn, Juan Carlos Verdu Katherine Richardson, Tara Madsen Robbins (her sister), Ryan P. McMullen, John Gamble, and Eleanor Goudie-Averill. Modern dance companies she has been a member of include Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre (NYC) and John Gamble Dance Theatre (NC). In a 2002 dance review of the American Dance Festival, dance critic Byron Woods wrote “the unforgettable flex of Ursula Payne’s student Nina Madsen, reminiscent of sculptor Gretchen Lothrop’s work.” She is currently a Resident Choreographer/Director of Modern Dance for Portico Dance Theatre where she teaches, choreographs and dances. She is the recent founder of the early beginnings of a new organization, “Erase the Stigma Through Dance.” The working mission is to bring dance artists together to erase the stigma of mental illness. A platform to change perceptions through advocacy and our works. Her vision is to bring awareness to allow space for transformation in perceptions through the art of dance. Follow her page on instagram or facebook @erasethestigmathroughdance or by clicking here.
"The unforgettable flex of Ursula Payne's student Nina Madsen, reminiscent of Gretchen Lothrops's work"
By Byron Woods - Independent Weekly - Review of American Dance Festival - 24 July 2002