Dance artist Melanie Swihart began her career in West Lafayette, Indiana at the Morton Community Center where she attributes her passion for dance and growth as a performer. Her creative inquiries, practices, and endeavors are inspired by her personal embodied histories, processes of the human psyche and presence, and outreach development. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from The University of Iowa and is currently on faculty at her alma matter, Ball State University.
Alongside her performance and choreography career, Melanie has immersed herself in the practice of yoga in order to gain the most complete sense of interconnectivity between life, passions, and self. She is certified in the Mind Body Dancer® curriculum and 200-hour Yoga Alliance compliant training through The Perri Institute for Mind and Body in New York, and has her 200-RYT hours from Peachtree Yoga Center in Atlanta. Upon receiving her certificate in New York in 2012, she began teaching at Steps on Broadway and Dance New Amsterdam; from there she implemented this curriculum for dancers at The University of Iowa and continues the tradition at Ball State.
Currently, Melanie choreographs and teaches a variety of courses at Ball State University including but not limited to: Introduction to Dance History, Dance Pedagogy, Freshmen Performance Lab, Yoga for Performers, and Ballet, Modern, and Jazz technique classes. Her most recent creative endeavors include: MISS, an ongoing development of an evening length work exploring femininity and ownership, which premiered at the Faculty/Staff Concert at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA and was revisited at the Flourish Series in Indianapolis, IN; Chicken Coop, a small ensemble work to be presented at RAD Fest and Indiana Dance Festival.