Melanie Aceto is a modern dancer and choreographer who earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in dance from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Her work has been performed internationally in Toronto, Guatemala and Germany and nationally at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, in Las Vegas, Virginia, Kentucky, New Jersey, Florida, Pennsylvania, in Ohio as part of the Heidelberg New Music Festival and numerous venues in Rochester and Buffalo, NY. New York City performances include the Studio Museum in Harlem, REVERB dance festival (Ailey CitigroupTheater), Cool NY and D.U.M.B.O Dance Festivals (John Ryan Theater), American Dance Guild (Ailey CitigroupTheater), Uptown Performance Series, Underexposed Festival (Dixon Place), Depot Dances (Depot Theater), and Hatch.
Melanie has worked extensively with contemporary composer Mark Olivieri on projects including the ImageMovementSound festival, the Heidelberg New Music Festival and co-directing the Vision of Sound Concert of Live Music and Dance; a series of collaborative concerts with the Society for New Music, featuring original contemporary music and choreography, now in its eighth season performing throughout upstate NY and New York City. Melanie’s group work Swarm…Churn (music by Marc Mellits) is the subject of the documentary Time to Dance by filmmaker Yuichiro Yamada. Recent collaborations also include a new group work with composer Liz Holland and a solo for prepared piano with composer Megan Beugger.
She is currently an Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo teaching all levels of modern technique, improvisation and choreography.