As a choreographer some of Melanie's work was performed at Next@Graham,Harlem Arts Festival, Broadway Dance Center Showcase and the Battery Dance Festival.
She was a guest choreographer at Baryshnikov Studios,American Youth Dance Theatre and the Nautilus Jr High. She choreographed the Amazon Prime film "Creeporia," directed by John Semper, writer/director of TV's "Spiderman."
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.
As an actress Melanie co-starred in Tennessee William's,"Hello from Bertha" directed by Tony nominated actress Lorraine Serabian, and had a featured role in "Creeporia." She's 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 major New York dance companies, Grammy awarded and nominated CD's, as well as ex-President Obama and various United Nations dignitaries. Melanie's 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. It can be found libraries and bookstores and is listed on the WGBH 24/7 Jazz Booklist. She's written featured biographies for Dance Teacher Magazine, reviews for Dance Insider and had her own column in "All About Jazz.com" and "Jazzespresso.com"
She's created short films on the Covid 19 pandemic,which have been selected for various film festivals including Miami Independent Film Festival, an Honorable mention for Experimental Forum 2020, India's Thinking Hat, Hollywood's festival Quarantina, Semi Finalist for Torontos' Couch festival,Small Wonders Detroit, Miami's gallery exhibit "Exit to Home,"and others.
For links to Melanie's photography and choreography please click on the photograph tab and the dance tab in this site.