Director, Dance Program
Department of Performing Arts
- Melanie George is the Dance Program Director at American University. Melanie holds a BA in dance from Western Michigan University, an MA in dance and Graduate Certificate in Secondary Teaching from American University (AU), and the Certified Movement Analyst degree from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York City. While attending AU, she served as Liaison to the Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and was awarded the Multicultural Affairs Leadership Award. Melanie has an extensive teaching history including positions with The Roeper School for the Gifted and Talented, the Washington School of Ballet, and as Assistant Professor of Dance and Dance Education Program Coordinator at Kent State University. Her performance history includes Dance Nonce Dance Company, Boris Willis Moves, the Detroit Electronic Music Festival and the Kennedy Center Honors. Her choreography includes works for concert dance, theater, musical theater and voice. Her choreography has been presented in Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, and Washington, DC. Melanie has presented her research on jazz dance improvisation and pedagogy throughout the U.S., in Canada and Scotland. She recently co-authored the chapter Imbed/In Bed: Two Perspectives on Dance and Collaboration with Joan Meggitt for the book Working Together in Qualitative Research, published by Sense Publishers. At American University, Melanie teaches courses in modern, jazz, musical theatre dance, dance appreciation and dance composition and directs the Spring Dance Concert.
DegreesMA, Performing Arts: Dance, American University
BA, Dance, Western Michigan University
- CAS - Performing Arts
- Katzen Arts Center - 226
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Member, 1995 - Present
Member, 2001-Present; Board of Directors 2008-2011
Member, 2006 - Present; Faculty, 2010 - Present