CHOREOGRAPHER/CAMERA-WOMAN/WRITER

 

As a choreographer, some Melanie's dances were priemiered at the Battery Dance Festival 2020,Next@Graham,Harlem Arts Festival and Broadway Dance Center.

 She choreographed the Amazon Prime film "Creeporia" and was a guest choreographer at Baryshnikov Studios, American Youth Dance Theatre and at Nautilus Jr High.

Melanie's taught/choreographed for Ailey Camp Miami, the 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 co-starred in Tennessee William's,"Hello from Bertha" and had a featured role in "Creeporia." She was HBOi's video game:"The Game of Fate" and can be seen in the new HBO TV series, The Gilded Age."

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 has photographed major New York dance companies, Grammy awarded and nominated CD's, ex-President Obama and various United Nations dignitaries. Melanie's the official photographer for UNESCO APCEI at the United Nations.

Her photography has appeared  in "The New York Times""Jazz Times" and "Downbeat.com" 

She wrote “Don Alias,Stories of a Legendary Percussionist", which received five stars on Amazon and favorable reviews in London's Jazz Wise“ and the "New York City Record.” Her book was required reading for NYU percussion class where she was a guest lecturer. The book can be found libraries and bookstores and has been  listed on the WGBH 24/7 Jazz Booklist. 

She's written featured biographies 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 14 international and national film festivals. Most recently 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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