Modern Dance in Tulsa

ABOUT/Curriculum Vitae


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                        CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR OF MODERN DANCE-PORTICO DANCE THEATRE                           


        Nina Madsen moved to Oklahoma from Brooklyn, New York in 2009.  She graduated cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance (Performance & Choreography) in 2005. She also studied dance abroad for a semester each 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 in NYC in 2006 as well as an Associates Degree in Occupational Studies from the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences-Massage Therapy Program in 2008.   Nina attended the 6 week American Dance Festival intensive in the summer of 2002 at Duke University in Durham, NC studying modern with  David Dorfman, modern also with Marigia Maggipinto (Pina Bausch Tanztheater), was selected to perform in Andrea Woods' repertoire (Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company) and performed in Juan Carlos Verdu's Formas Producidas  She also studied at the American Dance Festival Winter Intensive in 2003.  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 choreographers B.J. Sullivan, Juan Carlos Verdu, Andrea Woods, James Robey, Rebekah Kennedy, Barry Stoneking, Laura Arrington, Katherine Richardson and Eleanor Goudie-Averill.  In 2011, she Co-Founded Tulsa Modern Movement (TuMM) where she choreographed, danced and taught from 2011-2012.  In the past  7 years, she has created three evening length works - Confessions for Tulsa Modern Movement and both Lineage and Animalia for Portico Dance Theatre.  Additional modern dance companies she has been a member of include Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre (NYC), kerPlunk (NYC) and John Gamble Dance Theatre (NC).  Her original choreography has been showcased for Tulsa Ballet's Kaleidoscope - Celebration of Local Dance for the past 5 years.  She also frequently collaborates and performs with her sister, dance mentor and best friend, Tara Madsen Robbins.  Their most recent performance together was at the Vision of Sound concert in NYC at Jan Hus Church, where they performed a duet choreographed by Robbins.   In a 2002 review of the American Dance Festival, dance critic Byron Woods wrote, "the unforgettable flex of Ursula Payne's student Nina Madsen, reminiscent of Gretchen Lothrop's work."  She is currently Co-Artistic Director/Director of Modern Dance for Portico Dance Theatre based in Tulsa, OK along with founding Director Jen Alden, where she teaches, choreographs and dances.  She also is the proud owner of Madsen Massage Therapy, LLC based in Tulsa.   (

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