CANCELED—Dance: Open Master Class with Jodi Melnick
CANCELED | Jodi Melnick is a NYC based choreographer, dancer, and teacher. Melnick designs intricate movement to explore the exquisite nature of and dynamic relationships between human beings. She uses the profound expression of the dancing body and lucid performing instincts to drive the creative process. The work is transformed through the phenomenon of dancing. Her work has been presented both nationally and internationally. In 2012, Melnick had the esteemed privilege of collaborating with Trisha Brown and performing the solo One of Sixty-five Thousand Gestures. Melnick’s rich history of working with a vast array of significant artists also include: dancing in the Twyla Tharp dance company (1990-1994, 2009), performing with Mikhail Baryshnikov (2005-2008), and continued creative experiences with Sara Rudner, David Neuman, Yoshiko Chuma, John Jasperse, Vicky Shick, Beth Gill, Elena Demyanenko, Rashaun Mitchell, Jon Kinzel, Paul Kaiser, Liz Roche, Charles Atlas, David Michalek, Yvonne Rainer, and Sibyl Kempson. Melnick is honored with a Doris Duke Impact Award (2014), a Guggenheim Fellow (2012), a Jerome Robbins New Essential Works Grant (2010-2011), a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant (2011), two Bessie Awards for sustained achievement in dance (2001 and 2008), a Gibney DIP Residency Grantee, and a two year extended Life grantee awarded from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Center (LMCC). Melnick is a 2019 Center for Ballet Arts residency fellow. Melnick currently teaches at Barnard College at Columbia University, and Sarah Lawrence College (undergraduate and graduate).
Jodi Melnick will start the class with a brief, continuous, thorough warm-up, and then move into teaching material from a collaborative piece she made with Trisha Brown, "One of Sixty five Thousand Gestures" (2012). Soulful dancing will be followed by a brief Q and A.