Director, Dance Program
Department of Performing Arts
Melanie George is a dance educator, choreographer, and scholar. She holds a BA in dance from Western Michigan University, an MA in dance and Graduate Certificate in Secondary Teaching from American University, and movement analysis certification from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York. 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. Since 2008, she has been the Dance Program Director at American University, where she specializes in jazz and modern dance, dance composition, movement analysis, and musical theatre dance styles.
Melanie has presented her research on jazz dance improvisation/pedagogy throughout the U.S., Canada and Scotland. Publications include “Jazz Dance, Pop Culture, and the Music Video Era” for Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches (University Press of Florida) and Publications include “Imbed/In Bed: Two Perspectives on Dance and Collaboration” with Joan Meggitt for Working Together in Qualitative Research (Sense Publishers). Her choreography spans concert dance, theatre, and vocal staging.
Choreography commissions include works for the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Kent State University, the Community College of Baltimore County, and the Gaylord National Christmas on the Potomac Launch Event. She is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Jazz Is… Dance Project.
Melanie has served on the board of the National Dance Education Organization, and committees for VelocityDC Dance Festival, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and Ohio Board of Regents. Currently, she is the resident scholar at American Dance Institute, a board member of Dance Metro DC, and co-chair of the planning committee for the 2016 National Dance Education Organization annual conference.
MA, Performing Arts: Dance, American University
BA, Dance, Western Michigan University