Madison Graves is a performance artist and educator based out of Lafayette Parish. She has been studying and performing different styles since childhood and received her BFA in Dance from UL in 2020. Most recently, Madison performed in Paige Barnett’s A Song of Visions, a site-specific work in Washington, LA, and José Limon’s A Choreographic Offering, a classic modern work restaged by Alex McBride. When she isn’t preparing for a performance, Madison works as a teaching artist and dance educator across Acadiana, teaching for the PACE program, Louisiana Dance Powerhouse, Morgan Street Dance Studio, and Basin Arts. Madison is looking forward to more opportunities for performance, choreography, and collaboration in the near future.
Who makes up your art circle?
My art circle is ever-expanding. I have worked with fellow movers, musicians, filmmakers, and visual artists. I love meeting artists of varying disciplines and finding new ways to collaborate!
How do you expand your art circle?
I expand my art circle by staying curious. I try to push myself out of my comfort zone, learn from other perspectives, and try new things. I love to explore different mediums of expression.
What value do you see in having a creative community?
Having a creative community is one of the most important things to me as an artist. It provides both a moral support system and a literal one that is essential for working artists.
How does your artistic approach contribute to your community?
I always approach my work with the bodies of others in mind. Movement is an essential part of the human experience and, whether I am working with experienced movers or everyday people, it is important to me to share safe, beneficial, and enjoyable modes of movement.