Dancer & Choreographer
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.
John Jasperse, Rebecca Hilton and Jodi Melnick discuss their collaboration in 2007, which resulted in the work Becky, Jodi and John as a lens to explore ideas of transmission, legacy and networks of exchange in dance over ten years on and with a sense of how things have shifted in between times. As we face a less […]
Panel Q&A with Morning Speakers & Movers
Courtesy of John Jasperse Projects/Thin Man Dance, Inc Becky, Jodi and John is an evening-length work for three dancers, choreographed by John Jasperse. The project addresses the longevity of the performer. Dance, unlike most of the performing arts, places a strong emphasis on youth and has little work for seasoned performers once they enter into […]