Choreographer, performer, scholar, educator, and adjudicator, Madeline Kurtz, straddles the concert and commercial dance worlds. A native of Westport, CT, she holds a B.A. in Dance and Religious Studies from Colby College and an M.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography from The College at Brockport, S.U.N.Y. Madeline has taught dance, Pilates, and yoga at private studios throughout the Northeast, and is an adjudicator for StarQuest International Performing Arts Competition, Inspire National Dance Competition, and Impact Dance Adjudicators. Currently based in Tallahassee, FL, she serves as the Research Associate at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) at Florida State University.
Madeline’s artistic mission kick ball changes at the intersection of American dance competitions and academia, focusing on the overlaps in training and performance practices within these divided realms of the field. Under the moniker MKrep., she and her collaborators continue to present choreographic works that contain depth, humor/parody, and the occasional rhinestone. MKrep.’s works have premiered throughout the country, from New York to Florida, and she continues to present work in academic and professional settings. Madeline has presented creative and written scholarship at national conferences including the American Culture/Popular Culture Association, The National Dance Education Organization, and The American College Dance Association. Internationally, she recently shared this evolving research at the Dance Studies Association’s (formerly the Society of Dance History Scholars and Congress on Research in Dance) 2018 conference in Valletta, Malta.
As a performer, Madeline has enjoyed working with contemporary dance leaders, including Alison Bory, Julia Burrer, Adriana Durant, Amanda Hamp, Heidi Henderson, Annie Kloppenberg, Paul Matteson, Kendra Portier, and Hannah Schwadron. Additionally, she trained intensively at the Headlong Performance Institute in Philadelphia, creating collaborative performance art under the direction of David Brick, Andrew Simonet, and Amy Smith, and also attended the Bates Dance Festival in 2011, 2012, and 2013. To supplement her dance practice, Madeline holds a 200-hour yoga certification from School Yoga Institute and a Classical Pilates Mat Certification through Pilates Plus. When she isn’t teaching dance, yoga, or Pilates, Madeline is usually working to perfect her tuck and pulse as a Pure Barre instructor in Tallahassee. A sought-after teacher, she serves as a guest artist at multiple dance studios throughout the country, and continues to guest teach at universities throughout the region and beyond. Further, she designed and implemented a dance curriculum for students ages 7-12 as part of the Lively Spaces Summer Arts Camp at the Colby Museum of Art.
In addition to her diverse training, Madeline has extensive experience in arts administration and has held internships at The American Dance Festival (ADF), The Joyce Theater, mvworks Dance Company, and New York Live Arts. In 2017, Madeline was invited to return to ADF where she served as the Student Coordinator. Currently, she is as an administrator and blog writer/editor for Impact Dance Adjudicators.