Melanie Anastacia Van Allen
MA in Performance Studies, New York University
MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography, University of Michigan
BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography, Ohio State University
Theoretical choreographic research and how it relates to Linguistic, Music and Semiotic Theories, Dance Ethnography, Videodance and Technology, Indigenous dances of South America- primarily Bolivia, Documentary Studies, House Dance and Electronic Music Culture and Interdisciplinary Performance and Collaboration.
Melanie is a choreographer, performer and educator of dance. Her work has been presented at Capezio Escuela de Danza with members of Ballet Oficial de Bolivia and the professional Modern company ARTEMÓVIDA in La Paz, Bolivia, The International Dance Carnival, Berlin, Germany, The University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Ohio State University, Michigan State University, The National Dance Education Organization Conference, The Charles Wright African American Museum, The Michigan Youth Arts Festival, Savannah Arts Academy and Wayne State University’s Annual Children’s and Umbrella Concerts. Melanie has also taught dance as adjunct faculty at Eastern Michigan University and Oakland University, as a graduate student instructor at the University of Michigan and for the Pre-Professional Companies and summer dance intensives at The Detroit-Windsor Dance Academy. Melanie has studied dance with Catherine Turocy, Molly Shanahan, Gerri Houlihan, Susan Hadley, Jo Kreiter, David Dorfman, Vicki Blaine, Tere O'Connor, Bebe Miller, Michael Kelly Bruce, Bill De Young, Peter Sparling, Sandra Torijano DeYoung, Judy Rice, Robin Wilson, Jessica Fogel, Vicki Uris, and Karen Elliot. Melanie graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance Choreography/Performance from the University of Michigan, where she was awarded the Julian and Vera McIntosh Memorial Fellowship Award, and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Choreography/Performance from Ohio State University.