My primary objective is to cultivate articulate movers, thinkers, writers and speakers with an informed perspective based on exposure, investment, and inquiry. My role is as the conduit to learning, not the container of knowledge. I value agency and autonomy within the learning community, where student and teacher are open to change, while supporting the individual and the group.
An educator with 20+ years of experience, Melanie is regularly sought for master classes in technique and theory. She is the former director of the American University dance program, and has been on the faculty at Kent State University, Levine School of Music, Montgomery College, Georgetown University, Wilson College, Maryland Youth Ballet, and The Washington School of Ballet.
Melanie is available for classes and lectures in:
Dance Appreciation & History
Jazz Dance Technique
Jazz Dance Improvisation
Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis
Modern Dance (Laban/Bartenieff based)
Musical Theatre Dance Styles
Special Topic Lectures:
American Social Dance in 20th Century
Jazz Dance and Pop Culture
For class descriptions, sample syllabi, or to schedule a master class contact firstname.lastname@example.org