Melanie Aceto is a modern dancer and choreographer whose work has been performed in Toronto, New York (Cool NY and D.U.M.B.O Dance Festivals, American Dance Guild, Uptown Performance Series, Underexposed Festival and Hatch), Washington D.C., New Jersey, Florida, North Carolina, in Ohio as part of the Heidelberg New Music Festival and at Wittenberg University, in Rochester, NY as part of the ImageMovementSound Festival, among others. Her creative interests are in contemporary choreography and improvisation. She was a 2007 Research Fellow at Jacob’s Pillow International Dance Festival investigating choreographic components of master works.
Melanie earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has worked with New York based contemporary choreographers including Barry Blumenfeld, Ellis Wood, Monica Bill Barnes , Hilary Easton and Guta Hedewig. She has co-directed The Vision of Sound; a series of collaborative concerts with the Society for New Music, featuring original contemporary music and choreography. Melanie teaches modern technique, choreography, mind and body integration and contemporary partnering at the University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York.
Melanie Aceto came to Alfred University for a one-day teaching residency to guest-teach modern dance and contact improvisation. Melanie’s perspective on contemporary dance, grounded in her work as a choreographer, dancer, teacher and researcher, offered the students excellent insight into the trends and concerns of contemporary dance.