MS Nina Veretennikova

MS Nina Veretennikova




  • Nina’s career spans the areas of Performance, Choreography, Direction and Pedagogy in both Dance and Film. A graduate of The Australian Ballet School, Nina was a founding member of the Sydney Dance Company under the direction of Graeme Murphy touring extensively in seminal Murphy works both nationally and internationally for 13 years. An Australia Council travel grant throughout this time enabled further training in London with the primary focus study of the Cunningham technique with Richard Alston (Artistic Director of Ballet Rambert), Chris Komar and Louise Burns (Merce Cunningham Company) and choreographic composition with Merce Cunningham. The latter generating interest and development of her own choreographic style and work – Late Show, Radar, Annie Lennox for Murphy’s production of Sirens, and sequences for the film of Murphy’s Nearly Beloved and the Australian feature film The Everlasting Secret Family directed by Michael Thornhill. She was a nominee for Green Room Awards on 2 consecutive years for Best Female Dancer in a principal role (After Venice) and in a supporting role (Afterworlds) both choreographed by Murphy. Upon retiring from performing Nina attended AFTRS graduating with a BA degree in Film and Television specialising in Direction. Directing credits include 9 episodes for the documentary series Tales from a Suitcase produced by Look Films for SBS and as a Co-Director of Body of Evidence with Julie-Anne Long for One Extra Company. Her love of movement and her own personal practice prompted a renewal of interest in teaching and coaching dance whereby she established strong involvement with the Indigenous Dance community through significant time spent teaching for AIDT (Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre), NAISDA and as Rehearsal Director for Bangarra Dance Theatre for Stephen Page’s productions of Skin, The Dreaming, Corroboree and international tours to New York, Washington DC, Hawaii and Noumea. For the last 16 years she has been an Academic membe   


Education and training

  • BA(Film and Television), The Australian Film Television and Radio School 1994