Melanie is an independent dancer and performer, secondary dance teacher as well as Vinyasa/Yin Yoga teacher. Since 2006, she has worked and performed for Shaun Parker & Company (Happy as Larry, Am I), Branch Nebula (Bush Sessions), Ghenoa Gela (Winds of Woerr), Force Majeure & Ghenoa Gela (Game of Seven), Taikoz & Digital Shamans (Origin of O), Jason Pitt (What remains, Oi), Bernadette Walong-Sene (Hiddenrevealed), Liz Lea (120 Birds, Inflight), Deborah Pollard & Paschal Daantos Berry (Within & Without), DirtyFeet Dance Collective, Kay Armstrong (Pulse8), Martin del Amo (Champions), Narelle Benjamin and Raghav Handa (Silent Trio Beats). She is also a founding member of Dance Makers Collective (Big Dance in Small Chunks, DADS).
Since 2011, Melanie has worked with Shaun Parker & Company touring throughout Australia, Europe, UK and Asia. She was also Rehearsal Director for The Yard, touring regionally from 2011-2015.
Melanie choreographed and performed solos for The Village Bizarre Festival Through the Windows, in The Rocks, Sydney (2014-2015).
More recent projects include Ghenoa Gela’s Fragments of Malungoka, which won the Keir Choreographic Award (2016), Dance Makers Collective Dads (2016), Martin del Amo’s Champions for Sydney Festival (2017), Home a film in collaboration with Marnie Palomares & Timothy Constable for the Balik Bayan Festival at Blacktown Arts Centre (2017), and Kristina Chan’s new work Mountain commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre (2018).
Dance Makers Collective acknowledge the Darug peoples, the traditional custodians of the land of Western Sydney, whose land we have the privilege to dance and work on. We acknowledge their survival and resilience, and pay respect to Darug Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connection to the land, water and community for over 65,000 years.