Artist StatementQuestions about the emotional complexity of humankind and the strange beauty of the world around us initiate and propel Nicole A. Martinell's creative process. She is fueled by what connects us, what drives us, and what transforms us. Ranging from abstract to narrative work, her choreography illustrates opposing ends of a continuum - an unfolding journey characterized by detailed characters, spiraling phrases, and a continuous ebb and flow of space. Collaboration with dancers, musicians, and visual artists is at the forefront of every multilayered process. DVDC's collaborative endeavors ignite long-lasting relationships and stimulate artistic growth for all involved in the creative process. Martinell values creating an environment where all involved - including the choreography - grow, adapt, change, and thrive.
Nicole A. Martinell, choreographer, teacher, and Certified Movement Analyst, grew up in the small town of Johnstown, PA. Martinell considers Johnstown Concert Ballet to be the beginning of her training before continuing studies at Allegheny Ballet Center, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. A passion of anatomy and injury prevention led her to Pennsylvania State University (PSU) where she received a BS in Kinesiology with a minor in dance (2004). Martinell then obtained her MFA in Dance from Texas Women’s University as well as her elementary certificate in Labanotation (2008). Professors, Sarah Gamblin and Mary Williford-Shade, have had the largest impact on her current movement vocabulary.
Following graduate school, Martinell danced with DanceRINK, ClancyWorks Dance Company, and The Moving Company. She is now the founder and artistic director of the Baltimore-based company, Deep Vision Dance Company, Inc. as well as the AKIMBO Dance Festival. Her work has been performed by The Moving Company, TWU, Towson University, Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, Denton Dance Conservatory, PSU, and Kennedy Dance Center and featured at such places as Green Space, NY, Dance Place, DC, Triskelion Arts, NY, Thea- tre Project, MD, Dan’s Silverleaf, TX, Baltimore Museum of Art, MD, and the American College Dance Festival Gala Concert, VA. In 2013, Martinell received a b-grant of the Baker Artist Awards.
As a researcher, Martinell focuses on promoting the health longevity of the dancer’s career through awareness to teaching strategies and student responses. She has presented at the In- ternational Association of Dance Medicine and Science and the National Dance Education Organization. Her research on ballet pedagogy was published in the Journal of Dance Education (2009).
Martinell has been on adjunct faculty at the University of North Texas, the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, and the Community College Baltimore County. Presently, Martinell is Adjunct II Faculty at Towson University, where she teaches composition, modern/ballet technique, and repertory and manages the TU Dance Company.