PERFORMING & VISUAL ARTIST & WRITER
As a choreographer, some of Melanie's dances were premiered at the Battery Dance Festival,Next@Graham,Harlem Arts Festival, Broadway Dance Center and the Higher Ground Festival in New York.
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 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 New York and Boston dance companies.
Melanie received certification in the Lester Horton teacher training @ the Ailey School.
CAMERA WOMAN/PHOTOGRAPHER :
She's been a camera woman/audio engineer for The United Nations, CNN News, SNY, Harvard University and Fox News Channel.
Her photography has been featured in "The New York Times,""Jazz Times", "Downbeat.com." Melanie received 2 Grammy certificates for her photography for 2 Grammy awarded CD's.
She's photographed major New York dance companies and has been the official photographer for UNESCO APCEI at the United Nations
Melanie has created short films which have won 6 awards and been selected for over 45 international and national film festivals.
One of her films, "Mel & Bobcat" was a part of The New York Cat Festival, housed at The Angelika Theatre in the Village. The festival received positive reviews in the New York Times and on NY 1.
Melanie was also interviewed on Miami's WLRN regarding her film,"Sick,Scared, Secluded."
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,"
Amazon Prime's "Creeporia," HBO's video game:"The Game of Fate" and has done featured extra work on various TV shows.
She's acted in short films which have appeared in national/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.”
Her work has been shown at Jakmel Gallery and the Bass Museum Gift Shop in Miami and her clothing sold at boutiques in the Village, So-Ho and to Rock & Roll and Hip Hop artists.