Thursday, March 19, 2009

Kauai Dance Theatre Summer Intensive Workshop

Matisse Madden is thrilled to collaborate with Janie Crane and Kauai Dance Theatre this summer in offering a ballet summer intensive workshop! In this tough economic time, take advantage of the opportunity to attend a pre-professional Ballet workshop on Kauai.
Save the Dates: June 15-17
Workshop Location:
Kauai Dance Theatre
Kalaheo, Kauai, Hawaii

Workshop Level 2 (dancers ages 10-12)
Monday (6/15), Wednesday (6/17). 3:30-4:45 Technique 3:30-4:30 variations 4:30-4:45
Teacher: Matisse Madden
Workshop Cost:$30 (early registration before June 1) $35 (registration after June 1)

Workshop Level 4 (dancers ages 13+)
Monday (6/15), Tuesday (6/16), Wednesday (6/17) from 5-7:15
Technique 5-6:30 Pointe/variations 6:40-7:15
Teacher: Matisse Madden
Workshop Cost:$60 (early registration before June 1) $70 (registration after June 1)

To register
Please email your name, age, level, current studio, physical address, and phone number to

Home for summer break and just want a class? Drop in fee $18

Open Master Class in Lihue, Kauai!

To celebrate Summer on Kauai, come dance with the professionals! Open ballet technique class taught by Matisse Madden. Save money by getting your dance fix on island as the professionals flock to the most beautiful place on earth to dance!

Open Master Class
When:Saturday, June 13, 2009 10:30-12:00
Where:Lihue Parish Hall:4340 Nawiliwili Rd., directly behind King Auto Center (across from Kukui Mall)
Teacher: Matisse Madden
Cost:$15 dollars

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Matisse Madden's Bio and Teaching Statement

Matisse is currently dancing with Connecticut Ballet. She has performed to critical acclaim in both the United States and Europe. Although Matisse is focusing on performing at present, she has a strong academic back ground. Matisse received her B.A. in Dance (Ballet emphasis) and B.S in Zoology from Brigham Young University, and her MFA from The University of Utah. Matisse was a visiting professor at Mt. Holyoke College, and is currently teaching the intermediate and advanced Ballet classes at Yale University. Matisse has found great insight by studying the Vaganova teaching methodology and has received her Vaganova teaching certificate for level 1-6.

Personal Statement for teaching Ballet technique:

"The aim of my teaching is to produce dancers possessing a strong, clean classical technique with great emphasis on artistry, musicality, purity of line, co-ordination and a quality. Ballet class is a privilege. A dancer must take responsibility for her technical development. As a teacher, I create a safe learning environment while communicating my high expectations for each student. I demand that each dancer be totally involved in all parts of the class from beginning to end. They must execute all the combinations rhythmically and with correct technique, face problems with confidence, learn to trust themselves and consistently perform.
I am studied in many methods of ballet pedagogy; however, as both a dancer and an instructor, I have found most success in the Vaganova teaching syllabus. I feel this method provides a clear template for progressive lessons, giving the students consistency. My class emphasizes the coordination of port de bras emanating from the energy of the back and torso, simultaneously allowing the dancer the freedom to dance with elegance and without tension."

-Matisse Madden