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Nina Martin


Nina Martin¹s choreographic works and master teaching has been presented in New York City; the US; and abroad; including Russia, Austria, Ireland, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Venezuela, Mexico, and Japan. Performance credits include David Gordon Pick-Up Company, Mary Overlie, Deborah Hay, Martha Clarke, and Simone Forti, among others. Nina danced in the PBS Dance in America Beyond the Mainstream program, which featured Steve Paxton and others. She was a founding member of Channel Z (NYC), New York Dance Intensive, and Lower Left ( and presently is a board member of Marfa Live Arts which hosts the March 2 Marfa Performance Labs and Dance Ranch Marfaworkshops. After choreographing and teaching for 17 years in NYC she relocated to the West coast in 1994 where Martin's choreography and community activismearned her three Tommy awards and an Irvine Foundation Dancemakers Grant.While on the west coast she was on faculty at UCLA's Department of World Artand Cultures. 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, Texas Commission on the Arts, and others. Currently she is theorizing ensemble improvisational dance in performance and is a candidate in the PhD program at Texas Woman's University where she also received her MFA. Martin continues to teach and tour with Lower Left internationally, cultivate a dance community interested in collaborative inquiry, and as of Fall 2008, she joins the dance faculty at Texas Christian University as Assistant Professor.