Curriculum Vitae

of Dr. Melanie Milow

 

Education

1997 University of Rochester Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Bachelors of Arts in Dance Studies

2004 SUNY Brockport Master of Fine Arts in Dance: Performance and Choreography

Areas of Teaching / Choreography / Performance

* Primary: M* SHAKA * FUSION Technique, Hip-Hop, African Styles, Modern, Ballet, Tap, Jazz

* Secondary: Composition/Improvisation, Dance History, Cultural Dance Studies, Careers in Dance: Business and Management

Professional Training

*Kaya and Sade: Middle Eastern Belly Dance/ Brazilian Samba

* Garth Fagan: Fagan Technique

Gus Giordano: Giordano Jazz Technique

* Cleo Parker-Robinson: African and Modern Technique

* Rennie Harris: Hip-Hop and Street Styles

* Chuck Davis: Traditional African Technique

* Ron Brown: African and Modern Technique

* Mark Haim: Modern Technique

* Jose Limon Dance Company:  Limon Technique

* Elizabeth Streb: Pop- Action work

* Shapiro and Smith: Modern Technique

* Meredith Monk: Modern Technique and Vocalism

* Joe Tremaine: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Competition

Professional Experience

 * Assistant Stage Manager for Kiegwin + Company’s “Bolero Colorado”, Denver, CO, September 2009

* Served on the host committee for the 2009 International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference, Denver, CO, January 2009

* Served on the Dance USA host committee for the 2008 National Performing Arts Convention, Denver, CO, June 2008

* Earl Mosley’s Institute Guest Artist in Residence, Kent, CT, July 2007

* Super Bowl XL, Pre-Game/Half-Time Assistance, Don Mischer Productions/Starflow Entertainment, Detroit, MI, 2006

* Greenhouse Dance Project Guest Artist in Residence, Litchfield, CT,  July 2004 

* Boys and Girls Club of Greater Rochester, Summer Dance Enrichment Program Implementation, Rochester, NY, 2002

* School of the Arts, Dance Jury Judge, Rochester, NY, 2002

* Rochester Raging Rhinos Dance Team, Rochester, NY, 2000

* Teaching and Touring Assistant for Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble, Brockport, NY, 1999-2002

Teaching Experience

* M*SHAKA*FUSION TECHNIQUE, Currently

Cleo Parker Robinson DanceSpring 2009

*Professor of Dance at Metropolitan State College of Denver, Spring 2007-Fall 2008

* Guest lecturer University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, 2007-2009

* Earl Mosley’s Institute, Kent, CT, July2007

* M*SHAKA*FUSION Master Class Series, Hannah Kahn studio, June-July 2006

* Denver Independent Choreographer’s Project Master Class Series, Hannah Kahn studio, April 2006

*Greenhouse Dance Project, The Foreman School, Litchfield, CT, July 2004

*Right On School Dance Program, School #9, Rochester, NY, July 2003

* School of the Arts, Dance, Music, Theater substitute teacher, Rochester, NY, January-June 2003

*”Lineage and Roots: Discovery through Dance”, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Rochester, NY, July 2002

* SUNY Brockport, NY, Advanced Tap Graduate teaching assistant, February-April 2002

* SUNY Brockport, NY, Dance Rochester Hip-Hop teacher, August 2001

* SUNY Brockport, NY, Rep & Lit Tap Graduate teaching assistant, February- April 2001

* SUNY Brockport, NY, Dance Awareness Days Hip-Hop teacher, February 2000

* SUNY Brockport, NY, Sankofa/African Dance Teaching Assistant, 1999-2002

Choreography

The Griot-Geisha, RAW:UNEARTHED, The Jet Hotel, Denver, CO, April 2011

* Excerpts from “ANGST, ASH, & AXE”, Aspen Dance Connection Presents: Portals, Mesa State College, Grand Junction, CO January 2011

* Excerpts from “ANGST, ASH, & AXE”, Waxworks Phase II, The Triskelion Arts Theater, Brooklyn, NY, 2009 

Seduction Goddess, The Packing House Center for the Arts, Denver, CO, September 2009

*The Cracked Dome Chronicles: A Celebration of Life, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theatre, Denver, CO, June, 2009

* Pleasure, Pain, and Shards of Soul: A journey through the labyrinth of my cosmic mind, The Denver Crossroads Theatre, Denver, CO, April 2008

* ANGST, ASH, and, AXE/Vox Populi, Boulder, CO, 2006

*The Huntress, Denver, CO, February 2006

* Homage/A liken to Katrina, Denver, CO, February 2006

*Vox Populi, Denver, CO, November 2005

* 13: Somewhere Between Silence and Words/ My Brother’s Keeper, Litchfield, CT, July 2004 

* The Fire Within/Inspiration, In the Company of WomenRochester, NY, January 2004

* Genesis: Birth of the Soul, New York Dance Festival, Auburn, NY, July 2003 

* Liquid Diaspora Fusion, Jazz Dance World Congress, Buffalo, NY August 2003 

* The United Rhythm Alliance Presents: Mama Griot, Visual Studies WorkshopRochester, NY, May 2003 

* Trip Tec: Beauty, Simplicity, Homage & Worship, SUNY College at Purchase, NY, March 2002

* Spirit of a People, SUNY College at Brockport, NY, November 2001

* Phoenix Sanctuary: It’s Still in Me, SUNY College at Brockport, NY, April 2001

* Alone in a Crowd, Hartwell Theater, SUNY College at Brockport, NY, November 2000

Performances

*RAW:UNEARTHED, The Jet Hotel, Denver, CO, April 2011

*Aspen Dance Connection Presents: Portals, Moss Performing Arts Center, Mesa State College, Grand Junction, CO, January 2011

The “Snow Queen/Spiritual Guide” in “Bolero Colorado”, The Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Denver, CO, September, 2009

* The Denver Black Arts Festival, Denver City Park, Denver, CO, July 2009

Join The Movement: The Healing Power of Art II, The Paramount Theatre, Denver, CO,  January 2009

*KWANZAA Opening Ceremonies, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Denver, CO, December 2009, 2010

* Dance/USA Honorees Ceremonies, The Sheridan Hotel Ballroom, Denver, CO, June 2008

* The Denver Black Arts Festival, City Park, Denver, CO, July 2008

* Father’s Day City Celebration, Metropolitan State College at Denver Tivoli Center, June 2008

* News 9 Keepers of the Tradition, The News 9 Building, Denver, CO, June 2008

* Pleasure, Pain, and Shards of Soul: A journey through the labyrinth of my cosmic mind, The Denver Crossroads Theatre, April 2008

* Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Breakfast, Metropolitan State College of Denver Tivoli Center, January 2008

DICP: Start Here, The Denver Crossroads Theatre,, Denver, CO, May 2007

* Pick of the Fringe, Boulder Fringe Festival, The Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO, September 2006

* Garth Fagan Honors Ceremony, Smith Opera House, Geneva, NY, July 2006

* DICP Presents, Boulder Fringe Festival, The Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO, August 2006

* Kaya and Sadie Present: Carnival- Rio De Janeiro Nights, Club Spy/Club Beyond, Denver, CO, February 2006

*Rock, Roots, Dub &Dance, Dulcinea’s 100th Monkey, Denver, CO, November 2005

* The United Rhythm Alliance Presents: Mama Griot, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY, May 2003

The Here and the Now (Graduate Thesis Informance), Wyneshia R. Hicks, SUNY College at Brockport, NY, April 2002

Panum: An Emancipation Story (Graduate Thesis Concert), Clara Reyes, SUNY College at BrockporttNY, April 2001

The Struggle Continues (Graduate Thesis Concert), Vicki Wooten-Tchanque, SUNY College at Brockport, NY, November 2001

Anuh Mi Soul, Christopher Walker, Studio 152 Concert, SUNY College at Brockport, NY, November 2000

Hill n’ Gully, Christopher Walker, Sankofa Spring Concert, SUNY College at Brockport, NY, April 2000

Nigerian Fisherman’s Dance, Akoma Ntoaso, SUNY College at Brockport, NY, April 2000

Awards and Recognition

* Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Breakfast, Day of Service, Metropolitan State College of Denver, January, 2008

* Pick of the Fringe- Silver Medal, 2006

* New York Dance Festival Choreographic Resident, 2006

* JDWC Leo’s Jazz Dance Choreography Competition Finalist, 2003

*Thayer Fellowship in the Arts/ Patricia Kerr Ross Award Dance Finalist 2002

*Friars’ Award Nominee, SUNY College at Brockport, Spring 2001

*Minority Fellowship for Graduate Study, SUNY College at Brockport, Fall 1999

Professional Organizations

* Congress on Research in Dance

* International Association of Blacks in Dance

* Dance USA

* The Colorado Dance Alliance

* The Flint Club

Special Skills

* American Sign Language

 

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