Before she was known as “Miss Nina”, Nina could be found dancing everywhere and anywhere you’d let her. Professionally or just for fun, music and movement has been her passion and part of her daily life forever. Whether you see her performing in concert, in class or listen to her original music you can witness her high-energy joy that fuels her dancing spirit. And Nina hopes its contagious! Providing children and their families the space and opportunity to enjoy music and movement together is her passion.
Likewise, fostering a love of books and reading in children by putting children’s books to music is her other passion. On her 2013 Parents’ Choice Silver Honor award winning CD, Sha Doo Be Doop, Nina has put some classic children’s books to music such as Jane Yolen’s How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight, Biil Martin Jr.’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See in "The Brown Bear Rap", and an ode, "Wild Things", to the late, great Maurice Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are. And on her 2009 release, Singing & Dancing Together, Nina recorded the book This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt. She has several other ”book songs” that she enjoys performing along with her other original music & traditional children’s music at sing-alongs, bookstores and events all over NYC and the tristate area.
Miss Nina also started a Weekly Video Show for the toddler and preschool set back in January of 2012, which features weekly sing-along & move along songs. Visit the blog to check out the videos!
Nina earned a B.S in Dance Management from Oklahoma City University, and after dancing professionally in Musical Theatre for several years went back to get her M. A. in Educational Theatre from New York University. She’s worked as a Teaching Artist for The Leadership Program, The Educational Arts Team and Making Books Sing, has been a Gymboree Teacher and Manager, and currently teaches the Small Wonder Program part-time at The Dwight School’s Early Childhood Division in Manhattan. Nina lives in Brooklyn with her husband and they recently became first-time parents!