CHOREOGRAPHER/CAMERA-WOMAN/WRITER

 

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 Nautilus Jr High.

Melanie's taught/choreographed for the Ailey Camp, M.I.T Dance Troupe, Harlem Children's Theatre Company, Neighborhood Playhouse and various NY, Boston and Miami dance studios.

She previously performed with Forces of Nature, Haitian American Dance Theatre, Ballet Theatre of Boston, Manhattan Opera 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.

 

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 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.”

She's been a camera woman/audio engineer for The United Nations, CNN News, MTV, SNY, Harvard University and Fox News Channel.

Melanie's photography has appeared in "The New York Times""Jazz Times" and "Downbeat.com."  She has photographed major New York dance companies, Grammy awarded and nominated CD's, ex-President Obama and United Nations high level conferences. She's also 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.

She's created short films which have won awards/been selected for over 15 international and national film festivals.

She was interviewed on Miami's WLRN regarding her dance on film. "Sick,Scared, Secluded."

Two of her short films are archived with The Apollo Theatre.

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