Jodi Melnick is a native New Yorker, born in Brooklyn, grew up in Long Island, graduated with a BFA in dance from S.U.N.Y Purchase, and have been part of the national and international dance community since the late 1980’s.
Melnick designs intricate movement to explore the exquisite nature of and the dynamic relationships between human beings.
She has had the privilege of collaborating with Trisha Brown, danced in the Twyla Tharp dance company,and continues creative ventures with Sara Rudner, Liz Roche, jenny Roche, Rashaun Mitchell, David Neuman, Yoshiko Chuma, Vicky Shick, Beth Gill, Elena Demyanenko, Jon Kinzel, Charles Atlas, Yvonne Rainer, and playwright Sibyl Kempson, to name a few.
Melnick, considers herself a movement junkie, her life dependent on the continuous act of creating physical pathways.
Honors include: Doris Duke Impact Award, Guggenheim Fellow Jerome Robbins New Essential Works Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, two Bessie Awards for sustained achievement in dance, Gibney DIP Residency, LMCC extended life Grant, and Center for Ballet Arts fellow.
Currently, I teach at Barnard, and Sarah Lawrence College.