As a choreographer some of Melanie's work was performed at Next@Graham 2018 @ the Martha Graham Studio Theatre, Harlem Arts Festival - Main Stage 2017, the Dance Complex and Broadway Dance Center Showcase. She was a guest choreographer at Baryshnikov Studios for Emotions Physical Theatre, American Youth Dance Theatre and Nautilus Jr High Dance Program. She choreographed the Amazon Prime film "Creeporia," directed by John Semper, writer/director of TV's "Spiderman."
Melanie taught/choreographed for Ailey Summer 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 her certification for participation in the Lester Horton teacher training @ the Ailey School.
As an actress Melanie co-starred in Tennessee William's,"Hello from Bertha" at H/B Theatre, directed by Tony nominated actress Lorraine Serabian, and had a featured role in "Creeporia." She is HBOi's video game:"The Game of Fate".
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 the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Graham Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Jose Limon, Mark Morris Dance Group, Grammy awarded CD by Pablo Ziegler, Grammy Nominated CD by Mike Holber, for David Sanborn, Arturo O’Farrill and various artists on Zoho Records. She's photographed President Obama,The Secretary General, UN dignitaries and The Pope. Melanie is the official photographer for UNESCO APCEI at the United Nations.
Her photography appears in "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. She's written featured biographies for Dance Teacher Magazine, reviews for Dance Insider and prose for The United Nations Society of Writers and had her own column in "All About Jazz.com" and Italian jazz magazine, "Jazzespresso" which is translated into 4 languages.
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