BA, Theatre Arts (Dance)
Minor, Women’s Studies
California State University, East Bay
Melodie Jeffery-Cassell is on faculty at Boston University’s School of Theatre, School of Music (Opera), and Dance Department, as well as the Boston Ballet School. Former faculty member at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Concord Academy Summer Stages, Mark Morris Dance Center, Peridance International Dance Center, The Brearley School, 92nd Street Y, and guest teacher at Boston College. In her continued efforts to make movement practice accessible to all, Melodie also teaches underserved youth at BalletRox as well as adults with Down Syndrome for Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters & Boston Ballet School’s Adaptive Dance Program.
Melodie performed and trained extensively in New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as internationally at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival. Training: (NYC) Dance New Amsterdam/Dance Space Center, Merce Cunningham Studio, The Taylor School, Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center. (SF) Oberlin Dance Collective, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center. Performance: Dandelion Dance Theater, Nina Haft and Dancers, Randee Paufve, Pascal Rekoert, Bernier Dance, YC Movement Theater, BalletRox/Tony Williams’ Urban Nutcracker, and in the Off-Broadway original production Moonlight Interior.
Melodie served as rehearsal director and assistant choreographer for YC Movement Theater, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, and the Nantucket Dreamland Theater. Melodie is a former member of the National Dance Education Organization and is an annual presenter at Boston Ballet’s Adaptive Dance Teacher Training Program. She has a minor in Women’s Studies and has specified interest in the pioneers of Modern dance and site specific work.