Do my movement and my thinking have an intimate connection? First of all, I don't think my body doesn't think - Trisha Brown

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Experience professional adult modern dance classes in Tulsa, Oklahoma with Nina Madsen + Jen Alden of Portico Dance Theatre


Nina Madsen is Co-Artistic Director/Director of Modern dance for Portico Dance Theatre with Jen Alden. Her choreography, movement and adult modern dance classes in Tulsa, Ok are rooted in modern dance (release/safety-release technique), Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals and other Somatic Practices.  She explores themes of life by creating, performing in Tulsa, Oklahoma and beyond. Her choreography focuses on honest embodiment and gestures that the audience can relate to. Classes emphasize dynamic connectivity and awareness of the body to achieve maximum physical freedom of expression through movement.

Artistic Statement
To dance is to move with intention.  That intention may be conscious (learning a phrase or piece of choreography), or subconscious (walking to the refrigerator to get a snack).  I feel that dancing allows the mover to express their deepest anxieties, hopes and dreams through a physical means. The inner attitudes and thoughts, whether positive, negative or neutral, translate themselves through dynamics in movement at a given moment.  At that moment, the inner consciousness and outer physical body crystallize.The majority of our communication with the world is nonverbal.  Our movement reflects the innermost aspects of ourselves, and it is no coincidence that ways we move reveals more about us than anything we say verbally.  I believe we can understand and expand who we are on every level by observing our movement patterns, both in specific situations and through life. 

Modern Class Description 
Nina's adult modern dance classes in Tulsa, Oklahoma for Portico Dance Theatre are a fusion of safety release technique (as developed by my professor at UNCG BJ Sullivan), Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, and other Somatic Practices.  We explore the body’s natural relationship to the floor throughout the first half of the class and gradually transition into standing, fluidly moving with the forces of gravity and the body’s natural tendencies.   The class emphasizes dynamic connectivity and awareness of the body to achieve maximum physical freedom of expression through movement.  Ending combinations focus on fusing the inner and outer worlds of the mover and the somatic realization of meaning through movement.