Nina Martin

Classical & Contemporary Dance
Erma Lowe Hall 220 | 817-257-7615


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

Post Modern & Somatic Dance Techniques
Critical Studies in Dance
Dance in World Cultures (Honors)
Advanced Performance Practicum
Contact Improvisation
Hamilton Floor Barre
Junior and Senior Honors Research
Undergraduate Research

Areas of Focus

Spontaneous Choreography in Performance, Pedagogy, Somatics, Post-Modern Dance Systems: Ensemble Thinking, ReWire Movement States and Articulating the Solo Body, Screen Dance, Mixed Ability Dance, Research areas: Dance and Health (People living with cerebral palsy), and Applied Dance (collaborative decision making, team building for medical/health professions and business)

Nina Martin PhD, MFA

Identifying as a choreographer, pedagogue, theorist and performer, Martin’s research springs from 45 years of embodied inquiry and applied dance centered in the phenomena of perception, health, composition and preconscious movement states.

After dancing in Mexico, Austin and choreographing professionally for 18 years in New York City’s vibrant dance scene, Martin’s choreography and pedagogical methods have been presented across the USA and abroad including Russia, Austria, Ireland, England, Finland, Lithuania, Germany, Poland, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Israel, Japan, Venezuela, Mexico and Canada.

Martin has received funding 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 Grants, 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 Collective. Performance credits include Lower Left Performance Collective (, 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.

She has served on the faculties of UCLA’s Department of World Art and Cultures and New York University’s Experimental Theatre Wing as well as guesting at colleges and universities across the states.  Presently she is board president of Marfa Live Arts, which hosts the March 2 Marfa Performance Lab and Dance Ranch Marfa workshops in Marfa, TX and Professor of Dance Studies at TCU School for Classical & Contemporary Dance (  Martin completed her MFA and PhD at Texas Woman’s University. ReWire Movement States and Ensemble Thinking are dance systems conceived by Nina Martin and taught internationally.

Lower Left Performance Collective

Screen Dance

ReWire Movement States in collaboration with those living with cerebral palsy

Dance Improvisation and neuro-cognitive research

Collaborative decision making through Ensemble Thinking

TCU Deans Research Award

TCU IS Grant for Digital Pedagogy 2019

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 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