I am intrigued by topics that are often relegated to the margins of history and criticism. My research interests center on an investment in process before product, providing language and context for the ineffable, and investigating the past as prologue to future trends in dance. My scholarship purposely and strategically informs my pedagogy and choreography.
Melanie is a contributing author to the following texts. Both books are available for purchase through Amazon.com and the publisher's websites.
- "Jazz Dance, Pop Culture, and the Music Video Era.” Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches. Edited by Lindsay Guarino and Wendy Oliver. University of Florida Press, 2014
- "Imbed/In Bed: Two Perspectives on Dance and Collaboration." The Collaborative Turn: Working Together in Qualitative Research. Co-authored with Joan Meggitt. Edited by Walter Gershon. Sense Publishers, 2009. Reviewed in the International Journal of Education & the Arts.
Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts
As audience educator at Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts, Melanie provides pre-show talks or program notes for each production.
Read a transcript of Melanie's talk for Stephen Petronio Company's Performance at ADI Rockville on the company's website.
Read a transcript of Melanie's talk for the premiere of Palissmo's Custodian's of Beauty on the Palissmo website.
Melanie's talk for Vicky Shick's Everything You See was highlighted in Wendy Perron's column for Dance Magazine in September 2014.
Presentations, Lectures, and Media Appearances
Melanie has given presentations on jazz dance, contemporary dance, dance pedagogy, musical theatre dance, and higher education leadership throughout the USA, in Scotland, and in Canada. A list of past events can be found here.