Melanie Anastacia Van Allen (Ph.D., M.A., M.F.A.) is a New York City-based choreographer, dancer, teaching artist, emerging scholar of dance, and yoga practitioner. She holds a Ph.D. in Dance Studies from Texas Woman's University. Melanie also holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance Choreography/Performance from the University of Michigan, where she was awarded the Julian and Vera McIntosh Memorial Fellowship Award and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Choreography/Performance from Ohio State University. She also holds a Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the Draper Program of Social Thought at New York University and a Masters of Arts in Performance Studies from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

Melanie’s choreography has been presented internationally at Centro Artistico Pereyra with members of Ballet Oficial de Bolivia and the professional Modern company ARTEMOVIDA, La Paz, Bolivia, the Linea Classica Dance Festival, La Paz, Bolivia, and the International Dance Carnival, Berlin, Germany. In the United States, Melanie presented work in Chicago, Detroit, The University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Ohio State University, Michigan State University, The National Dance Education Organization Conference, The Charles Wright African American Museum, The Michigan Youth Arts Festival, Savannah Arts Academy, and Wayne State University's Annual Children's and Umbrella Concerts. Melanie has also held dance adjunct faculty positions at Eastern Michigan University, Oakland University, and taught as a graduate student instructor at the University of Michigan.

 

Melanie is also a certified yoga instructor, completing her 200-hour yoga teacher certification with Kay Kay Clivio and Adam Vitolo at Pure Yoga in New York City in 2017.

 
 
 

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Melanie is currently a doctoral candidate (ABD) in the Dance Studies Ph.D. program at Texas Woman's University. Melanie holds a Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the Draper Program of Social Thought at New York University and a Masters of Arts in Performance Studies from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Melanie also holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance Choreography/Performance from the University of Michigan, where she was awarded the Julian and Vera McIntosh Memorial Fellowship Award and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Choreography/Performance from Ohio State University 

 

Her scholarly endeavors encompass her passion for dance and choreography by investigating intersections between the practical and theoretical, with an interest in: performance studies, cultural studies, theoretical choreographic research, dance ethnography, electronic music and dance culture, Indigenous dances of Bolivia, and interdisciplinary methodologies of research and performance. 

Melanie presented academic papers at the World Dance Alliance Americas Conference Spaces and Places: Exploring Dance Narratives Through Alternate Lenses at the University of Hawaii- Honolulu, July 2015, Dance Under Construction XV Conference Boundaries, Borders, Bodies: Tracing Edges within Dance Studies at the University of California at Riverside, April 2015, and at In the Balance: Indigeneity, Performance, Globalization Conference at the University of London, Royal Holloway, London, England 2013.

 

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