Melanie will be in residence teaching master classes and lecturing in neo-jazz style, composition, Laban Movement Analysis, and dance history.
Melanie will present a paper titled Pas de bour-SLAY!: Making the Case for Neo-Jazz - A Historically-Based, Contemporary Jazz Technique at the 19th annual National Dance Education Organization conference in San Antonio, Texas.
As the 2017 WMU Department of Dance Distinguished Alumna, Melanie will be in residence setting a work on frosh dance majors, presenting master classes in neo-jazz, and judging the department's annual Dancing with Stars scholarship fundraising event.
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.
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.
Melanie will set a new jazz piece on the students in the Ursinus College dance program.
Melanie will be adjudicating with Douglas Nielsen and Zvi Gotheiner at Wichita State University.
Melanie will teach jazz workshops to festival attendees and create a new jazz work on students in the dance program.
Melanie will set a new jazz piece on the students of the Salve Regina University dance program.
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).
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.
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.