Melanie George

Educator, Choreographer, Scholar

JAZZ IS… DANCE PROJECT is dedicated to the dissemination of jazz dance education, choreography, performance, and scholarship. Founded in 2012, Jazz Is… Dance Project seeks to widen the palette and visibility of jazz dance beyond the most immediate and contemporary forms and venues. Inspired by the democratic nature of jazz music, a uniquely American art form, Jazz Is… Dance Project values improvisation, stylization, and humanity in jazz dance, honoring the roots and fruits of jazz in the classroom, in the studio, and on stage.

"Melanie utilizes socio-political-cultural context as a point of departure for concert choreography that embodies the spirit and aesthetics of jazz music and dance. She swings from the inside out!"                    

                - Professor Karen Hubbard, University of North Carolina-Charlotte

A behind the scenes look at the Jazz Is... Dance Project aesthetic through the staging of "Jazz Is... (redux)" on the American University Dance Company in 2015. Video produced by Gracie Corapi.

Jazz Is… Dance Project has presented workshops, master classes, and performances at


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