Jodi Melnick is a native NewYorker, born in Brookiyn, grew up in Long Island, graduated with a BFA in dance from S.U.N.Y Purchase, and has been part of the national and international dance community since the late 80’s. Melnick considers herself a movement junkie, her life dependent on the continuous act of creating physical pathways. She designs intricate movement to explore the exquisite nature of and the dynamic relationships between human beings.
Melnick has had the privilege of collaborating with Trisha Brown, danced in the Twyla Tharp dance company,and continues creative ventures with Sara Rudner, Liz Roche, Jenny Roche, Rashaun Mitchell, David Neuman, Malcolm Low,Yoshiko Chuma, Vicky Shick, Beth Gill, Jon Kinzel, Charles Atlas, and playwright Sibyl Kempson, to name a few.
Honors include: Doris Duke Impact Award, Guggenheim Fellow Jerome Robbins New Essential Works Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, two Bessie Awards for sustained achievement in dance, Gibney DIP Residency, LMCC extended life Grant, and Center for Ballet Arts fellow.
Currently, Melnick teaches at Barnard, and Sarah Lawrence College.
Liz Roche Company is strategically funded by the Arts Council and supported by Dublin City Council