Jodi Melnick is a New York City based choreographer, dancer, and teacher. Melnick is a 2014 Doris Duke Impact Award recipient, a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow, a Jerome Robbins New Essential Works Grant (2010-2011), a Foundation for Contemporary Arts 2011 Grants to Artists Award, and has been honored with two New York Dance and Performance (Bessies) Awards for sustained achievement in dance (2001 and 2008). Her work has been presented at The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), City Center, The Joyce Theater, New York Live Arts (NYLA), The Kitchen, La Mama., Jacob’s Pillow, American Dance Festival, Martha’s Vineyard, OtherShore Dance Company, Barnard College, Sarah Lawrence College, George Washington University, for Taryn Griggs (2014 Mcknight awardee), and internationally, in Kansai, Japan, for DanceBox, opening the Dublin Dance Festival (2011), Belfast, Ireland, and Tallinn, Estonia. In 2012, Melnick collaborated with Trisha Brown, creating and performing the solo One of Sixty Five Thousand Gestures. Melnick continues to perform and collaborate with choreographers such as Sara Rudner, Vicky Shick,John Jasperse,Jon Kinzel, Susan Rethorst, Beth Gill, Rashaun Mitchell, David Neumann, Jillian Pena,and Liz Roche. Melnick collaborated with artist Burt Barr ( Fanfare, 2009), and has appeared in the video work of artists Charles Atlas, and David Michalek. Melnick revisited working with Donna Uchizono (2005-8), creating and performing in a trio with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Hristoula Harakas and danced with the Twyla Tharp Dance Company from 1991-94 and again in 2009.
Currently, Melnick teaches technique and composition/choreography at Barnard College, NYU Tisch ,NYU Experimental Theater Wing, Sarah Lawrence College, and The Trevor Day School.