Madeline Jazz Harvey is a dance educator, choreographer, and performer specializing in classical and contemporary ballet. She began her performance career at age fourteen as an apprentice with Charlotte Ballet, under the direction of Patricia McBride and Jean Pierre Bonnefoux. She attended summer intensive programs on full scholarship at Chautauqua Institution, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and The Juilliard School. In 2010, Madeline joined Carolina Ballet Theatre where she served as a principal dancer, resident choreographer, and outreach coordinator for five full-time seasons. Highlights include performing the role of Giselle, Alonzo King’s Map, Dwight Rhoden’s Beatle Juice, and various works created for her by artistic director Hernan Justo. She also performed as a guest artist with companies including Repertory Dance Theatre, American Repertory Ballet, Olney Ballet Theatre, and Colton Ballet Company of Augusta. After three performances as an invited guest artist, Madeline became a full member of Judy Bejarano’s IMPACT Dance Company in May 2020.
Madeline has been teaching and choreographing since 2006 in a variety of community and collegiate settings. In 2007, she was the youngest recipient of the New York Choreographic Institute Fellowship Award. Human connection and vulnerability drive her choreographic process. She values collaboration and is honored to have co-created works with composers, musicians, visual artists, and members of the National Organization for Parents of Murdered Children (South Carolina Chapter). Madeline’s choreography has been featured in concerts and festivals across the nation including as part of Regional Dance America and the American College Dance Association. She led instruction at Charlotte Ballet, Davidson College, and DanceArts Greenville, and seasonally at Repertory Ballet Academy, Springfield Ballet Company, and Canyon Concert Ballet, among others. In addition to guest teaching, she has created original works for UNCC, Davidson College, Converse College, Furman University, and Tampa University. She is honored to have served as a répétiteur for Mark Diamond, Jerri Kumery, Shaun Boyle, and Bryan Arias.
Madeline holds a BA and Professional Training Certificate in Dance from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and an MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University. She was appointed as Instructor of Ballet at the University of South Carolina in 2015 and became Assistant Professor of Dance at Colorado State University in 2017. She is credited with the development of ShapeX, a program designed for children with Type II Diabetes. Sponsored by grants from General Electric and the Greenville Health System, this curriculum promotes health and nutrition through movement-centered activities. Madeline’s research investigates play as a paradigm for choreographic process. Recent projects examine the artistry of parenting through dance. Her dance film, Embodiment, was featured as part of the Horsetooth International Film Festival (2019) and Screen Dance Miami (2020). She is currently working in collaboration with psychologist Zeynep Biringen to develop dance interventions for enhanced emotional availability and attachment from pregnancy through postpartum.
Master of Fine Arts