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Dance

 

Melody began dancing at age four at Turning Pointe School of Dance, and continued her training at numerous studios including Happendance School of Dance, Danceworks of Michigan LLC, Class Act Studio of Dance, and Elite Dance Company. She then went on to earn degrees in Management, Entrepreneurship, and Dance at Grand Valley State University. During her time at GVSU, she performed pieces by guest artists Kathryn Alter, Richard Bowman, Ann Sofie Clemmensen, Bryn Cohn, Francesca Harper Project, Mina Estrada, Marlayna Locklear, Joshua Manculich, Leslie Scott, Takehiro Ueyama, and Jesse Zaritt. In Summer 2016, Melody worked and trained at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. The following year, Melody's dance on camera pieces were featured in the Michigan Emerging Graduate Artists (MEGA) Exhibition at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts (UICA). In Summer 2017, live performances of her work were presented at the UICA, and in 2018, Melody joined Dance In the Annex in performing at UICA's "Off the Wall" event.

 

con-text-ure (2018)

Artistic director: Amy Wilson | Director: Erin Wilson
Director of photography: Joshua Tyron
Music score: Fiona Dickinson
Movement artists: Cory Goei, Jaquie Sochacki, Hannah Sullivan, Melody van der Veen, Amy Wilson

Yada (2016)

Choreographer: Melody van der Veen
Director of photography: Joshua Swift
Costume Designer: Taylor Dosier
Movement Artists: Dancers: Delaney Dickens, Alex Goodreau, Ross Lindhout, Leigha McDaniel, Ryan Schwaar, Bailey Swogger, McKenna Winkelmann

(un)carved (2016)

Choreographer and Performer: Melody van der Veen
Costume Designer: Taylor Dosier

 

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Melody created a very intimate and engaged class that pushed each dancer to improve in their technique by becoming aware of essential injury prevention concepts and muscle/flexibility growth. Her students were noticeably more engaged, purposeful in their movements, and all around excited to take a class with her. Melody quickly became a role model, an adored peer, a beloved friend, and a trusted instructor among all students and parents.
— Jenna Pewarchie, Balletmore employee
As a dance instructor, Melody uses her incredible skills with an amazing ability to express and instruct with positive corrections for a variety of dance styles as she brings out the most in each student. She is professional and organized in her classes while expertly offering compassion and the ability to adapt to the needs of others.
— Amy Gunneson, Balletmore client
Melody’s planning and attention to detail, her delegation and communication skills made it clear for what was needed from dancers and parent volunteers to help the shows be successful. In addition to the behind-the-scenes duties, Melody was still instructing and choreographing for the shows, helping dancers be their best, and encouraging them the whole way.
— Bethany Gemmen, Balletmore client

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TEACHING

Balletmore Dance Studio 2017-18
Jubal Arts Academy of Music and Dance 2016-17
Broadway Bound Dance Academy 2015
Danceworks of Michigan LLC 2014
Elite Dance Company 2012-13
Class Act Competitive Dance Company 2011-12

TRAINING

Ballet training from Meredith Benson, Mary Lohman, Brian McSween, Megan McSween, Stephen Sanford, and Samantha Shelton 2013-17

Modern training from Carry Brueck Morris, Hannah Seidel, and Amy Wilson 2013-17

200 RYT Certification 2020 | Dance in the Annex 2017-18 | Hubbard Street Dance Chicago 2016 | Thodos Dance Chicago Intensives 2015, 2016

PERFORMANCE

Off The Wall, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts 2018
“To Assimilate,” Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts 2017

Grand Valley State University Dance Department 2013-17
- Fall and Spring Concerts
- Choreographic selections by: Kathryn Alter, Richard Bowman, Ann Sofie Clemmensen, Bryn Cohn, Mina Estrada, Marlayna Locklear, Joshua Manculich, Leslie Scott, Takehiro Ueyama, and Jessee Zaritt

American College Dance Association 2017, 2015
“Beethoven’s The Creatures of Prometheus Ballet, Francesca Harper Project in partnership with GVSU 2016
Oakland Dance Festival 2014-15
Competitive Dancer 2005-13