Jodi Melnick

Undergraduate Discipline

Dance

Graduate Program

MFA Dance Program

BFA, State University of New York-Purchase. Choreographer, performer, and teacher. A 2012 Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of the Jerome Robbins New Essential Works Grant (2010-2011), a Foundation for Contemporary Arts, 2011 Grants to Artists Award, and two Bessies (2001 and 2008). Her dances have been performed at the Joyce Theater and City Center in New York City; her works have been commissioned and presented by The Kitchen (Fanfare, with set décor by Burt Barr), Dance Theater Workshop, La Mama for OtherShore Dance Company, Jacob’s Pillow, The American Dance Festival, Barnard College, Bennington College, Dance Box, Kansai, Japan, and opening the Dublin Dance Festival (2011) at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. She has worked with a vast array of dance artists such as Twyla Tharp and Mikhail Baryshnikov and continues to perform with choreographers Sara Rudner, Vicky Shick, Jon Kinzel, John Jasperse, Liz Roche, and Susan Rethorst. Currently, she also teaches at Barnard College at Columbia University, New York University (in the Experimental Theater Wing), and Trevor Day School. SLC, 2013–

Current graduate courses

Contemporary 3

Year

Emphasis will be on the continued development of basic skills, energy use, strength, and control relevant to the particular style of each teacher. Attention will be given to sharpening each student’s awareness of time and energy and to disciplining the body to move rhythmically, precisely, and in accordance with sound anatomical principles. The students in this advance class will study complex movement patterns, investigate somatic use, and concentrate on the demands of performance.

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Modern and Postmodern Practice

Year

In these classes, emphasis will be on the continued development of basic skills, energy use, strength, and control relevant to the particular style of each teacher. At all levels, attention will be given to sharpening each student’s awareness of time and energy and to disciplining the body to move rhythmically, precisely, and in accordance with sound anatomical principles. Intermediate and advanced students will study more complex movement patterns, investigate somatic use, and concentrate on the demands of performance.

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Previous courses

Performance Project

Fall

The focus of this class is an ongoing awareness of the dancers’ facility while experiencing and assimilating new ideas and qualities. We will concentrate on efficient, articulate sequences, musicality and phrasing, nuance and gesture, with both set material and improvisatory modalities. We aim to sharpen the viewing eye when looking at movement detail. As the course progresses, we will focus on the creative process of choreography, developing new work along the way and driven by our deepened physical experience. Throughout the semester, we will continue to have a dialogue about dance, dance-making, and the dancing body.

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Performance Project - Graduate

Fall

The focus of this class is an ongoing awareness of the dancers’ facility while experiencing and assimilating new ideas and qualities. We will concentrate on efficient, articulate sequences, musicality and phrasing, nuance and gesture, both with set material and improvisatory modalities.  We aim to sharpen the viewing eye when looking at movement detail. As the course progresses we will focus on the creative process of choreography, developing new work along the way driven by our deepened physical experience. Throughout the semester we will continue to have a dialogue about dance, dance-making, and the dancing body.

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