As a choreographer, some of Melanie's dances were premiered at the Battery Dance Festival,Next@Graham,Harlem Arts Festival and Broadway Dance Center.
She choreographed the Amazon Prime film "Creeporia," was a guest choreographer at Baryshnikov Studios, American Youth Dance Theatre and various New York and Miami dance studios.
Melanie's also taught/choreographed for the Ailey Camp, M.I.T Dance Troupe, Harlem Children's Theatre Company, The Hebrew Arts School, The Dance Complex,Nautilus Jr High School, the Neighborhood Playhouse and many other schools.
She previously performed with Forces of Nature, Haitian American Dance Theatre, Ballet Theatre of Boston, Manhattan Opera Theatre Company, Linda Diamond Company and others.
She received certification in the Lester Horton teacher training @ the Ailey School and is a member of UNESCO's Center for International Dance.
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She's been a camera woman/audio engineer for The United Nations, CNN News, MTV, SNY, Harvard University and Fox News Channel.
Melanie has created short films which have won awards/been selected for over 37 international and national film festivals and was interviewed on Miami's WLRN regarding her dance on film,"Sick,Scared, Secluded."
Her photography has appeared in "The New York Times,""Jazz Times" and "Downbeat.com." She's photographed major New York dance companies, jazz CD's including 2 which won Grammy's and is the official photographer for UNESCO APCEI at the United Nations.
She wrote “Don Alias,Stories of a Legendary Percussionist", which received five stars on Amazon, favorable reviews in London's Jazz Wise“ and the "New York City Record.” Her book was required reading at New York University where she was a guest lecturer. Her book can be found libraries, bookstores and was listed on WGBH 24/7 Jazz Booklist.
Melanie has written featured articles for Dance Teacher Magazine, had her own column in "All About Jazz.com" and "Jazzespresso.com"
In 2020, Melanie received an honorable mention for her novel, Rub" from the Emerging Writer's Fellowship through Miami Book Fair.
As an actress Melanie appeared in Tennessee William's,"Hello from Bertha,"
Creeporia," HBO's video game:"The Game of Fate" and has done featured extra work on various TV shows.
She's acted in short horror films which have appeared at international festivals.
She's sung with The Middle Gospel Choir backing up Cissy Houston at Carnegie Hall, for Deborah Harry, a staged reading with Danny Glover,"Emmit Down in My Heart," for festival awarded film "Safe Harbour Amsterdam," and recorded for “Bellyhouse Records.”