Nadine Barton, dance
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Nadine Barton was born in California and raised in Miami, Florida. She began her classical ballet training with the Orlando Ballet and went on to study at the Artistic Dancer Center of Doral, the Miami City Ballet and the Oklahoma City Ballet as an apprentice. She joined the Sarasota Ballet as a trainee and the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami as a soloist. She continued on to dance with the Alabama Ballet for 5 years and recently joined the Charlotte Ballet in August 2019.

 

In Birmingham, AL, her abilities to create blossomed as she received multiple opportunities. As a dancer she has performed roles such as Myrtha Queen of Willis in Giselle, Coffee in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Queen of Dryads in the Dream Scene of Don Quixote, Big Swans in Swan Lake, Red Girls in Les Patineurs, Summer Fairy from Roger Van Fleteren’s Cinderella and Prayer Variation in Coppelia. Last year, Barton premiered “WATTS”, a commissioned new work on the Alabama Ballet for their Ovation 2018-2019 season. In the summer of 2018, she was one of 60 dancers chosen worldwide to take part in Netherlands Dans Theater’s Summer Intensive in Den Haag.

 

Invited by Wes Chapman, Alabama School of Fine Arts has done two works by Ms. Barton. “The Job” being one of the two, was brought back twice by popular demand. “Porcelain Smoke” was choreographed on AROVA Contemporary Ballet as a result of winning in the company’s 2016 Choreographic Showcase. In 2012, Nadine was recognized as the only self-choreographed competitor at the American Dance Competition in Orland, becoming the first student to receive the Outstanding Choreographer Award. That same year, she became a finalist of the YoungArts Foundation and since then has been invited to choreograph and dance as a recognized alumnus. Apart from choreographing and dancing professionally, Barton enjoys teaching ballet, contemporary, jazz and coaches pre-professional students.