Melody van der Veen
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.