News and Upcoming Projects
In March, Melanie will be interviewed for an upcoming documentary on jazz dance. Directed by Khadifa Wong and produced by Lisa Donmall-Reeve, Transmission will take an immersive look at jazz dance from roots to branches. Learn more about it here.
Melanie is the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Western Michigan University Department of Dance. In addition to the award ceremony on October 13, Melanie was in residence for a week teaching classes in neo-jazz and setting a new work on freshmen dance majors.
IN THE MEDIA
Melanie was interviewed on the Purple House radio program on WGXS radio in Catskill, NY. She spoke to Robert Tomlinson about Lumberyard's new community engagement program, Lumberyard Young Performers. Listen to her interview below.
SERVICE TO THE FIELD
In September, Melanie participated in a roundtable on multiplicity and contemporary dance. Hosted by Anaya Chatterjea and Michelle Steinwald, in Minneapolis, MN, participants included dance scholars, presenters, educators, and journalists. Read more here.
Click here to read about one of Melanie's movement clinics at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow, Idaho.
Melanie will be co-facilitating WORK, a 6-day summer intensive laboratory, with Susan Marshall & Company and Pavel Zuštiak (Palissimo), June 19-24, 2017 at Barnard College in New York. Space is limited to 5 choreographers and 20 dancers. Apply here.
Melanie is featured in an article on the NDEO Special Topics Conference on jazz dance in the December 2016 issue of Dance Studio Life magazine. Click the photo the right to see images from the magazine. PDF article available here.
Melanie was an invited master teacher at the National Dance Education Organization's Special Topics Conference Jazz Dance: Roots and Branches In Practice at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. The 4-day conference blended master classes, panels, and discussion on the past, present and future of jazz dance.
Melanie received a 2016 Helen Hayes Awards nomination for Outstanding Choreography in a Play for her work on Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's Women Laughing Alone with Salad.