Jodi Melnick graduated from SUNY Purchase with a BFA in Dance. She has been a featured dancer with Twyla Tharp, and Irene Hultman. Currently, she performs and works with Susan Rethorst, Sara Rudner, and Vicky Shick, and over the past 13 years, has worked with NYC based freelance choreographers Tere O’connor, Dennis O’connor, Donna Uchizono, Yoshiko Chuma, and Yves Musard. 2002, she began working with Trisha Brown as an assistant director on Schubert’s ‘Winterriese’, continues to re-stage the work, and has appeared as a guest performer in the Trisha Brown company.
As a teacher, Jodi has taught master classes, technique, and workshops throughout the US, Europe, Australia, Russia, and Asia. Her gift as a teacher has been to translate movement into a format accessible to all bodies and all disciplines. Her choreography has been shown in NYC, Japan, Ireland, Estonia, and Russia. Her most recent work, spring 2003, a solo commissioned by Jenny Roche and Temple Bar Properties, Dublin. Ireland, and, September 2004, a duet for Roche and Nicola Curry, Belfast. This fall, 2005, Ms. Melnick will present her work at Dance Theater Workshop, NYC.
Fall 2003, Graz, Austria, Ms.Melnick was part of a new Opera based on David Lynch’s ‘Lost Highway’, singing (mezzo soprano), again performed in Basel Switzerland, Spring 2004. In 2001, she was honored with a Bessie award for sustained achievement in dance.
Archibald is the founder and artistic director of Arch Dance company. She graduated from the Alvin Ailey School and has performed across the U.S. at major venues including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Aaron Davis Hall, Lincoln Theatre, The Duke on 42nd Street Theatre, Abron Arts Centre, and Judson Memorial Church, as well as in Europe and Canada. She has staged various off-Broadway shows working with casts from Bring in Da Noise Bring in Da Funk and Cats, and choreographed Carousel, The Music Man, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Pippin for professional theater companies. Jennifer has also choreographed for the NBA New York Knicks City Dancers and The Alvin Ailey School, served as a movement specialist and a choreographer for singer Shaggy and actresses Sarita Choudury and Audrey Tautou-Amelie. Her works have been featured twice at the Elan Awards honoring choreographers Rob Marshall and Lar Lubovitch. Jennifer currently teaches contemporary jazz and hip hop at Steps on Broadway and the Dance Space Center and is on faculty at Bates Dance Festival and Florida Dance Festival. Jennifer is a graduate of Maggie Flannigan acting conservatory specializing in the Meisner technique. In 2005 she taught master classes at Princeton University, University of South Florida, Jacksonville Community College, Washington’s Joy of Motion, Jackson School of the Arts in Bermuda and Tommy Hilfiger’s Excellence program. (Photo Credit: Lou RooleJennifer)