Jodi Melnick- NYC based choreographer, dancer, and teacher- graduated from S.U.N.Y Purchase with a BFA in Dance. Melnick is the recipient of the Jerome Robbins New Essential Works Grant (2010-2011), a Foundation for Contemporary Arts, 2011 Grants to Artists Award, and has been honored with two Bessie Awards for sustained achievement in dance (2001 and 2008).
Her work has been presented in NYC at Dance Theater Workshop, The Kitchen, La Mama, and commissioned for OtherShore Dance Company, and Barnard College. Additional commissions include: Dance Box, Kansai, Japan, Rex Levitates, Dublin, Ireland, Jenny Roche, for the Dublin Dance Festival, Maiden Voyage Productions, Belfast, throughout Russia, Estonia, for George Washington University, Bates College in Maine, and Monmouth College in Oregon.
Melnick danced with the Twyla Tharp Dance Company (1990-1994), and again in 2009. She continues to perform with choreographers: Sara Rudner, Susan Rethorst, John Jasperse (creating ‘Becky, Jodi, and John’), Jonathon Kinzel, Vicky Shick, and Liz Roche. In 2005, she revisited working with Donna Uchizono, creating and performing in a trio with Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Melnick performed as a guest artist with the Trisha Brown Dance Company and since 2002 has been an assistant director to Ms. Brown- creating and restaging two operas. She has collaborated with artist Burt Barr (Fanfare, 2009) and performed in the video/film works of Barr, and Charles Atlas.
As a teacher, Melnick has taught master classes, technique, improvisation, and composition workshops throughout the US, Europe, Australia, and Asia.
Currently, she teaches at Barnard College in NYC, and as guest teacher at The Trevor Day School and New York University (NYU).