Nina Nelson

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Nina Nelson
(269) 387-5833
3117 Dalton Center, Mail Stop 5417
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Department of Dance
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5417
  • M.F.A., Dance, Case Western Reserve University
  • A.B., Dance, Smith College

Professor Nina Nelson joined the Department of Dance faculty at Western Michigan University in 1982. Nelson served as chair of the department for more than thirteen years during which time she oversaw the development and implementation of some of the department’s signature programs.  Prior to joining the WMU faculty, she was on the faculties of the University of Iowa, the Ashtabula Arts Center (Ohio) and Ballet Western Reserve. She earned her M.F.A. in dance from Case Western Reserve University and an A.B. in dance from Smith College. Nelson is a certified movement analyst (Laban) and received dancer-specific conditioning certification in 1995.

Nelson’s choreography has been seen in Peru and throughout the United States and has been recognized by the American College Dance Festival for excellence in choreography and performance. She has served on the board of directors of the American College Dance Festival Association.  Currently she serves as an accreditation site visitor and consultant for the National Association of Schools of Dance.  In 2015, she served as a member of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Precollegiate Arts Schools (ACCPAS), an organization that reviews and accredits schools and programs providing non-degree instruction in the arts disciplines to children, youth, and adults.

Her work has been funded by the Ohio Arts Council, The Bread and Butter Series of San Francisco, the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, Western Michigan University and by ArtServe Michigan in conjunction with the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. Nelson has performed with Kathryn Karipides, Kelly Holt, Wellspring: Cori Terry and Dancers, and Albert Reid, among others.