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Nicole A. Martinell

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Nicole A. Martinell, MFA, CMA is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, dance science and somatics educator, choreographer, dancer, and mother, thriving in the Baltimore area since 2008.  She offers over 20 years of experience in teaching about the mechanics of the human body.  She creates an environment of curiosity and trust and encourages her students to question, discover, laugh, and grow.  Joy opens the door for self-transformation. 

 

Under the direction of Nancy Romita with Wendy Salkind and Sarah Leite, she completed her 1600-hour certification in Alexander Technique through the AT MidAtlantic Training Program.  She is a certified teacher of the American Society for Alexander Technique (AmSAT) as well as a current member of the organization.  Martinell is also a Certified Movement Analyst through the Laban Institute of Movement Studies.  

 

Along with these certifications, Martinell pursued her passion for dance and injury prevention and received a BS in Kinesiology and minor in Dance from Penn State University and an MFA in Dance from Texas Woman’s University (TWU).  At TWU, she performed research with the Biomechanics Laboratory, investigating resultant joint moments at the knee of the supporting leg during barre work.

Martinell has been teaching at the collegial level for over 15 years.  Currently, Martinell is an Adjunct III faculty member at Towson University (MD) where she teaches modern technique, dance science and somatics, dance pedagogy, and composition courses.  She has also been on faculty at the University of North Texas, Community College of Baltimore County, Goucher College, and University of Maryland Baltimore County.

 

Martinell’s dance science and somatics research has been presented at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, National Dance Education Organization, Somatic Dance, Maryland Dance Educators Association, and LABAN International conferences and published in the Journal of Dance Education.  

 

She has facilitated professional development workshops for the Maryland State Department of Education, Baltimore Museum of Art, and Baltimore County Public Schools and participated in panel discussions for Center Stage and Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance.  She has also taught dance, somatics, and composition workshops at high schools throughout the Maryland area.

 

Dance has been a significant part of Martinell’s life since preschool.  Martinell is the Founder/Artistic Director of Deep Vision Dance Company, a professional dance company based in Baltimore, MD.  Ranging from grand site-works to intimate theater spaces, her choreography uncovers the complexity of humankind.  Collaboration with visual and literary artists, musicians, and scientists propels her choreographic process.  

 

Her notable community projects include “Learning Physics through Movement,” a K-12 arts integration program; community improvisation jams; and the By/4 Artist professional development series.  Martinell and Sidney Pink co-founded the AKIMBO Dance & Movement Art Festival, a site-specific festival in Baltimore’s Station North Arts & Entertainment District, which ran for 5 years.

 

Honors include a recipient of the Maryland’s Baker Artist Award (choreography) and the Maryland Dance Education Association’s Teaching Artist, Dance Educator of the Year Award.  

Top photo by Deanna Bell Photography.

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