Madison Keesler has been performing around the world as a professional dancer since the age of 17...
Already in her career she has worked with some of the industry's most renowned directors and choreographers, including John Neumeier, Helgi Tomasson, Akram Khan, Christopher Wheeldon, and Tamara Rojo. She has done extensive international touring, dancing on many famous stages from The Palais Garnier in Paris, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., to the main stage at Glastonbury Festival in the UK. Madison has also taken acting classes at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, film acting classes with Marty Pistone, and private voice lessons with Marianna Elise Ferris. Madison received her first professional work as an actress when she was cast as the part of “Jennifer” in the feature length film Test by Chris Mason Johnson.
Born in California, Madison began her dance training at the age of six when her family moved to Colorado. She studied musical theater, jazz, tap, and ballet at Derby Dance Arts and focused more intensely on ballet at the International Ballet School with German Zamuel, Valentina Moukhanova, and Mark Carlson. At ten, Madison moved to Pennsylvania to train under the tutelage of Marcia Dale Weary at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She also trained with a number of teachers there including Laszlo Berdo, Leslie Hench, Alan Hineline, Darla Hoover, and Melinda Howe. Madison completed her last year of training on full-scholarship at the San Francisco Ballet School.
After working with John Neumeier during her time in the San Francisco Ballet School, Madison received a contract to join his company, The Hamburg Ballet, when she was only 17 years old. That year she performed in almost every production and gained invaluable experience and knowledge. After this year, she moved back to San Francisco Ballet to join the company as a corps de ballet member. During the next four years Madison performed numerous corps and soloist roles and was cast to understudy and learn principal roles such as "Juliet" in Romeo and Juliet and "The Princess" in The Little Mermaid.
During this time in San Francisco, Madison also began training in other disciplines -- acting classes at American Conservatory Theater, voice and guitar lessons, modeling, learning about photography and film, and more. She received her first professional work as an actor when she was cast as the role of “Jennifer” in the feature length film Test by Chris Mason Johnson.
While Madison was extremely grateful for everything her career had given her so far, she wanted to push herself even further. So, she accepted an offer from Tamara Rojo to join English National Ballet as a First Artist, where she performed corps, soloist, and principal roles. Madison worked in the creation process and performed the principal role of "Giselle" in Akram Kahn’s highly acclaimed rework of the classic ballet to sold out audiences.