Melanie Aceto

MFA

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Melanie Aceto

MFA

Melanie Aceto

MFA

Research Topics

Modern and Choreography

Contact Information

Education

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

Bio

Melanie Aceto is a dancer, choreographer, educator and researcher whose creative interests are in interdisciplinary solo and large group works. Melanie’s choreography has been performed internationally in Toronto, Guatemala City, Guatemala, and Bogotá, Colombia, nationally at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and at venues in Philadelphia, North Carolina, Atlanta, Virginia, Kentucky, and in New York City at The Kitchen, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Ailey CitigroupTheater, The Duplex Cabaret and John Ryan Theater, among others, and in Buffalo, NY at venues including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Burchfield Penney Art Center. She regularly collaborates with composers, designers and poets presenting work in non-dance venues including silos, warehouses, moving barges, museums, and store front windows, among others. Notable works include Cloud, a piece conceived and created in collaboration with architect/designer Michael J. Rogers, for six dancers using over 3,000 square feet of plastic to create a fluid and fluctuating environment, and Liaison, a work for piano and dancer conceived by and made in collaboration with composer Megan Beugger.

Melanie’s research interests include investigating models for teaching dance composition and modern technique and creating resources for both. Her work 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. Current projects include Choreographic Lineage, a web-based resource presenting the lineage of dance artists www.choreographiclineage.buffalo.edu and the Digital Dance Access working group https://adhc.lib.ua.edu/danceprogress/  At UB Melanie teaches all levels of modern technique, improvisation, both graduate and undergraduate dance composition, and choreographs regularly for departmental concerts.