Melonie is currently an Associate Dean within the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah. Her research interests lie in exploring the continual evolution of ballet training methods and performances and, while honoring the past, investigating ballet through a critical theory lens. Topics of recent research have included analyzing the commoditization of dancers in the advertising campaigns of American ballet companies, exploring notions of ballet as a form of cultural identity, examining how gender is performed in early ballet training, and exploring ballet as a degree focus in American higher education.
Holding a BFA in Ballet from Friends University, MFA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine, and a PhD in Dance from Texas Woman’s University, Melonie believes that there is a place for all dance forms within the academy, and her commitment to dance as a scholarly endeavor is paramount. She was instrumental in building the dance program at Colorado Mesa University and later served as the Ballet Program Coordinator. Melonie was also the author of a newly-revisioned MFA in Ballet Program at the University of Utah and served as its inaugural Director of Graduate Studies. Her academic writing has been published in peer- reviewed journals, and she continues to defend the arts, dance, and ballet as legitimate scholarly pursuits.
Melonie is certified in American Ballet Theatre’s national training curriculum and has experience teaching multiple genres of studio and academic courses at several universities. Professional affiliations include CORPS de Ballet International, Dance Studies Association, and the World Dance Alliance -Americas. She has also serves regularly as an adjudicator for the American College Dance Association.