Matisse Madden received her early training in Hawaii. She received her MFA in Ballet teaching and choreography from the University of Utah. Matisse is currently dancing with the Connecticut Ballet while teaching Ballet and Pilates at Yale University and Mount Holyoke College. In addition, Matisse is a member of the Council of Organized Researchers of Pedagogical Studies (CORPS) de Ballet International Inc., an organization dedicated to the development, exploration, and advancement of ballet in higher education.
Matisse received her teaching certificate in the Vagonova teaching Method. She is a certified teacher in Pilates and Gyrotonic. She has been an active teacher and advocate of the Pilates method as she specializes in teaching Pilates as a supplemental regimen to enhance and prolong the careers of dancers.