Melanie Aceto



Melanie Aceto


Melanie Aceto


Research Topics

Modern and Choreography

Contact Information


  • MFA, New York University Tisch School of the Arts
  • BA, State University of New York at Geneseo


Melanie Aceto is a modern dancer, choreographer and educator. Her creative interests are in interdisciplinary solo and large group works. Recent projects include the creation of Cloud, a work for six dancers and 3,000 square feet of plastic made in collaboration with architect/designer Michael Rogers, Liaison, a solo for piano and dancer made in collaboration with composer Megan Beugger, and In To Selves, a piece for voice and dance with Turkish composer Esin Gunduz. Melanie’s work has been performed internationally in Toronto, Guatemala and Germany and nationally at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, in Las Vegas, Virginia, Kentucky, New Jersey, Florida, Pennsylvania, in Ohio as part of the Heidelberg New Music Festival and numerous venues in Rochester and Buffalo, NY including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Burchfield Penney Arts Center. New York City performances include the MATA Festival (The Kitchen), the Studio Museum in Harlem, REVERB dance festival (Ailey CitigroupTheater), Cool NY and D.U.M.B.O Dance Festivals (John Ryan Theater), and the American Dance Guild (Ailey CitigroupTheater).

Melanie’s research interests include investigating models for teaching dance composition and modern technique and creating resources for both. Her research has been published in the Journal of Dance Education and has been presented at National Dance Education Organization conferences and the joint Society for Dance History Scholars/Congress on Research in Dance conferences. Melanie also has a passion for choreographic preservation. Commissioned by the Dance Heritage Coalition, she completed a scholarly assessment of the New York based Lar Lubovitch Dance Company detailing the current state of their archive. Current projects include Choreographic Lineage, an interactive web-based resource presenting the lineage of dance artists.

Melanie earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is currently an Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo teaching all levels of modern technique, improvisation and choreography.

Current Research

Choreographic Works:

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Choreographic Lineage:  

Choreographic Lineage is an interactive, web-based genealogical network illustrating connections between dance artists, their teachers, their students, their collaborators and people who they were influenced by. Choreographic Lineage is intended as a global resource for investigating artistic influences, career paths, choreographic connections, and complex and obscure relationships.

                Digital Dance Access Project:



Developing the Dance Artist in Technique Class: The Alteration Task. Journal of Dance Education.  (12)1: 14-20. 2012.

Conference Presentations:

Women in Dance Leadership Conference, Philadelphia, PA

Envisioning Digital Dance Spaces for Diversity and Inclusion panel presentation. October 2019

Dancing Digitally 3-Day Symposium, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL

Invited participant among 18 leaders in the field of dance including scholars, educators, choreographers, archivists and filmmakers. May 2019

National Dance Education Organization Conference, Washington, DC
Presented the Choreographic Lineage project. November 2016

Digital Scholarship Week, University at Buffalo

Presented the Choreographic Lineage project. February 2016

Hard Coded Humanities Conference, University of Rochester.

Presented the Choreographic Lineage project. April 2016

National Dance Education Organization Conference, Chicago, IL
Presented the Choreographic Lineage project. November 2015

Congress on Research in Dance/Society for Dance History Scholars joint conference, Iowa City, Iowa
Presented the Choreographic Lineage project. November 2014