Nina Flagg is a LA-based Dance Artist, Choreographer, and Educator. Her movement foundations began with Gymnastics, Classical Ballet, and Modern Dance followed by studies in West African Dance, Tap, and Hip-Hop Dance. She attended Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and excelled under the tutelage of the acclaimed LACHSA dance faculty.
After graduating from UCLA in 2001 with a degree in Sociology and a Specialization in Communications, Nina relocated to the East Coast to pursue her passion for Hip-Hop dance and culture. She became a principal dancer for the Philadelphia-based Hip-Hop Dance company Rennie Harris Puremovement. After touring with the company for five years, Nina continued her artistic relationship with Rennie Harris and went on to set three of his original works on the Alvin Ailey Company as Rehearsal Director and Assistant Choreographer.
Over the past two decades, Nina’s work has evolved as an embodied intersection of multiple movement traditions, explored through the lens of Hip-Hop consciousness. The multiplicity of her embodied practice has lent itself to a diverse career in concert dance, television, film, and academia. As an educator, Nina has been on faculty at Cal Arts, UCLA, Connecticut College, Bennington College and LMU. She has worked with such artists as Prince, Tina Turner, Bette Midler, Beyonce, Chris Brown, Solange, J Balvin and Will Smith. Her choreography has been featured on the Grammy’s, TV Land Awards, NBC/Peacock, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the 2015 Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies (ABC/ESPN). Her television appearances include The Oscars, The Today Show, MTV, and Good Morning America.
In summer of 2021, Nina appeared in the documentary film “AILEY” which was released in theaters nationwide after its premier at Sundance Film Festival. Currently, Nina is continuing her practice as a dancer, choreographer, pedagogue, and most recently an online guest artist for organizations such as CLI Studios, Los Angeles Dance Project, and the Alvin Ailey Company. In May 2021, she completed her fifth year as CalArts dance faculty teaching Technique, Composition and Repertory courses in Hip-Hop Dance.
As a Hip-Hop practitioner and BIPOC Artist/Educator, Nina continues to focus on creating curricular strategies for equitable engagement and opportunities in dance academia.