Nina Martin

Associate Professor
Classical & Contemporary Dance
Erma Lowe Hall 220

nina.martin@tcu.edu | 817-257-7615

Education

Ph.D., Dance Texas Woman’s University (2013)

MFA, Dance, Texas Woman's University (2008)

BA, Dance Studies, Empire State College, State University of New York (2006)

Courses Taught

Contemporary Dance Techniques
Dance Theory
Dance in World Cultures Honors
Advanced Performance Practicum
Choreography/Improvisation Foundations
Contact Improvisation
Hamilton Floor Barre
Graduate Pedagogy
Graduate Performance
Junior and Senior Honors Research
Undergraduate Research

Areas of Focus

Spontaneous Choreography in Performance, Pedagogy, Post-Modern Dance Systems Ensemble Thinking / ReWire — Dancing States / Articulating the Solo Body / Dance Somatics, Mixed Ability Dance

After dancing and choreographing professionally for 17 years in New York City’s vibrant dance scene, her work has been presented across the USA and abroad including Russia, Austria, Ireland, Finland, Lithuania, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Venezuela, Mexico, and Japan.  Performance credits include Lower Left Performance Collective (www.lowerleft.org), David Gordon Pick-Up Company, Mary Overlie, Deborah Hay, Martha Clarke, Simone Forti, PBS Dance in America Beyond the Mainstream program dancing in the section that featured Steve Paxton and Contact Improvisation. Martin has received funding for her work from the National Endowment for the Arts through six choreography fellowships, New York State Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Joyce-Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Meet the Composer/ Choreographer Grant, Irvine Foundation (CA), Texas Commission on the Arts, and others. She was a founding member of Channel Z (NYC), New York Dance Intensive, and Lower Left. She has served on the faculties of UCLA’s Department of World Art and Cultures and New York University’s Experimental Theatre Wing and colleges and universities across the states.  Presently she is a board president of Marfa Live Arts, which hosts the March 2 Marfa Performance Lab and Dance Ranch Marfa workshops in Marfa, and associate professor at TCU School for Classical & Contemporary Dance (www.dance.tcu.edu).  Martin completed her MFA and PhD at Texas Woman’s University. ReWire—Dancing States and Ensemble Thinking are dance systems initially conceived by Nina Martin and further developed with the Lower Left Performance Collective.

Lower Left Performance Collective www.lowerleft.org

ReWire Dancing States and Performers with Cerebral Palsy

Dance Improvisation and Neuro-Cognitive Research

National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowships 1984, 1985, 1986,1987,1988, 1990

Joyce-Mertz Gilmore Foundation 1990

New York State Council on the Arts 1988, 1990

Meet the Composer – Composer/Choreographer Grant with Michael Daughtery 1991

Irvine Foundation Dance Makers Award 2001

Permian Basin Foundation 2003

Texas Commission on the Arts 2007 (Marfa Theatre/Lower Left residency 2005, 2006, 2007 2008, 2009)

Midland Public Library (Marfa Live Arts/Lower Left Residency 2015)

Ensemble Thinking

Hamilton Floor Barre with Mary Overlie

ReWire — Dancing States

Congress on Research in Dance National Dance Education Association

Board President of Marfa Live Arts

Advisory Committee of Texas Dance Improvisation Festival