Melanie George

Educator, Choreographer, Scholar


Curatorial Conversation: Multiplicitous Contemporary
Sep
17
8:00am 8:00am

Curatorial Conversation: Multiplicitous Contemporary

This group discussion is designed to engage the definitions of “contemporary dance” in response to ADT’s performance Shyamali, bring in perspectives from artists of color, and build a pluralistic, shared understanding of the term and its applications in curatorial practice.

Melanie is an invited guest to this event hosted by Ananya Dance Theatre. 

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Work - A 6 day summer intensive laboratory
Jun
19
to Jun 24

Work - A 6 day summer intensive laboratory

In a structured lab environment, participants test tools that aid collaboration, discover ways that language informs process and context, and experiment, play, and take risks.

Choreographer Pavel Zuštiak and dramaturg Melanie George will join choreographer Susan Marshall and dancers Kristen Hollinsworth, Luke Miller, Darrin Wright, Kristin Clotfelter, and Julian Barnett as facilitators. An extremely intimate workshop with space for only 5 choreographers and 20 dancers, participants will explore the creative methods of Marshall and Zuštiak. George will share tools for developing language that informs the creative and reflective practice. Engaging as makers and performers, participants will work collaboratively and exchange roles fluidly in the generation of new methods and new work. With a high facilitator to participant ratio, participants have one-on-one access to artists at the top of their field for 45 hours during the course of the week.

 

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National Dance Education Organization Annual Conference
Oct
6
to Oct 10

National Dance Education Organization Annual Conference

  • Hyatt Regency Crystal City (map)
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Melanie is the co-chair of the planning committee and will co-present two panels at the 18th annual National Dance Education Organization conference in Crystal City, VA. 

Panel 1: Advocating for Accuracy: How Tap and Jazz Journalism is Missing the Mark, co-presented with Brandi Coleman (Jump Rhythm Jazz Project) and Paige Porter (Loyola Marymount University).

Panel 2: Laying Groundwork: Planning a Dance Major Program, co-presented with Emily Oleson (Davis and Elkins College) and Christina Soriano (Wake Forest University).

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Guest Lecture, American Vernacular Dance Week
Aug
7
to Aug 13

Guest Lecture, American Vernacular Dance Week

  • Agusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College (map)
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From Shark Charges to J-Setting: Reciprocity in Theatrical and Vernacular Jazz Dance

This lecture will explore jazz dance as a continuum and dialogue between social, theatrical, and commercial dance. Using Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story, Michael Jackson's "Thriller", and Beyoncé's "Single Ladies" as lens to discuss dance as pop culture and social phenomena. 

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Jazz Dance Roots and Branches in Practice
Jul
31
to Aug 3

Jazz Dance Roots and Branches in Practice

  • Salve Regina University (map)
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This conference will look at jazz dance broadly through movement workshops and conversations, inviting dialogue that connects the past, present, and future of jazz. Special Guest Presenters include Bob Boross, Danny Buraczeski, Thom Cobb, Moncell Durdon, Melanie George, Karen Hubbard, Darwin Prioleau, Billy Siegenfeld, and Sheron Wray.

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