Melanie George

Educator, Choreographer, Scholar

News and Upcoming Projects

Fall 2017

 

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. 

Read her Q&A on the WMU College of Fine Arts blog here.

Melanie, with the cast of her new piece for WMU, and her student rehearsal director, Kelly Anderson. 

Melanie, with the cast of her new piece for WMU, and her student rehearsal director, Kelly Anderson. 

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. 

09.17.2017.Mpls Open Book.jpg

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.

 

Summer 2017

Lumberyard is launching two new programs which Melanie will be integrally involved. Read about Lumberyard Young Performers and the organization's partnership with BAM, here and here.

Read a blog post about Melanie's work on Raja Feather Kelly's latest production, Another F*cking Warhol Production or Who's Afraid of Andy Warhol, here.

Stephen Petronio Company recently published Melanie's program notes for their 2017 season at the Joyce Theatre on their website. Read them here 

 

Melanie with the cast of her new neo-jazz work for the University of Idaho dance program, "Walk, Run, Vibes". (click on photo to enlarge)

Spring 2017

 

Click here to read about one of Melanie's movement clinics at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow, Idaho. 

 

 

 

 

Winter 2017

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

 

Fall 2016

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.

 

Summer 2016

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 w/ her fellow jazz master teachers (l-r) Moncell Durden, Thom Cobb, Karen Hubbard, Billy Siegenfeld, Bob Boross, Danny Buraczeski, Darwin Prioleau, and Sheron Wray.

Melanie w/ her fellow jazz master teachers (l-r) Moncell Durden, Thom Cobb, Karen Hubbard, Billy Siegenfeld, Bob Boross, Danny Buraczeski, Darwin Prioleau, and Sheron Wray.

Spring 2016

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.