Melissa Rolnick

Faculty

Associate Professor in Theatre and Dance

Melissa Rolnick began her training in New York with Andre Eglevsky, Valentina Pereyaslavic and Maggie Black in ballet (and floor barre with Zena Rommett). After receiving a B.F.A. from SUNY Purchase College she studied on scholarship at the Merce Cunningham Studio. In the the San Francisco Bay Area she danced with the San Francisco Moving Company, Cliff Keuter's New Dance Company and the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company touring nationally and internationally. She has also performed with many other notable choreographers including Joe Goode, Emily Keeler, Elina Mooney,and Mel Wong. She has an M.F.A. from Mills College and has taught at Sonoma State University, Western Washington University, Arizona State University (receiving the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Herberger College), and California State University Fresno. Her choreography has been produced at all of the above institutions including Dancer's Group San Francisco, On the Boards Seattle (12 Minutes Max), Kaleidoscope Dance, Firehouse Performing Arts, Cornish College for the Arts, University of Texas Pan American, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Glendale Community College, Contemporary Dance Wyoming and Jacksonville Dance Theatre. Recent and continued studies in Gaga both in Israel and the United States have been transformative. She was the recipient of the Frederick P Lenz Foundation Fellowship for Buddhist Studies and American Culture and Values at Naropa University during the spring of 2015. At Naropa she began developing MEISA- Movement-Exploration-Imagination- Sensation-Awareness a three tiered somatic, creative process form. Melissa has also presented at many national conferences including the Congress on Research in Dance, the World Dance Alliance and the National Dance Education Organization. She has been teaching full-time at Gustavus since 2007.  

Experience

  • Former dance company member with Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Cliff Keuter's New Dance Company, San Francisco Moving Company
  • Performed professionally with many other notable choreographers
  • Has taught and choreographed at Sonoma State University, Western Washington University, Arizona State University, Cal State Fresno, Cornish College

Teaching Areas

  • Fundamental - Advanced Modern Technique
  • Beginning Ballet
  • Composition 1
  • Composition 2
  • Creative Process

Education

B.F.A., SUNY Purchase College; M.F.A., Mills College; Additional Studies at The Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco


Courses Taught

FTS-100 (FTS:Unleash/Creative), T/D-105 (Modern Dance II), T/D-117 (Dance Repertory Practicum), and T/D-370 (Advanced Studies in Performance: Creative Research)

Past
Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
T/D-117 Dance Repertory Practicum 40 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, and 2007/FA
T/D-375 Modern Dance IV 20 2018/SP, 2017/SP, 2016/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, and 2008/FA
T/D-370 Advanced Studies in Performance: Creative Research 20 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, and 2009/SP
T/D-235 Modern Dance III 17 2017/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/SP, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, and 2007/FA
T/D-270 Intermediate Studies in Performance: Creative Research 14 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, and 2009/SP
T/D-245 Dance Composition I 11 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, and 2007/FA
T/D-398 T/D Honors Project 10 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, and 2012/SP
T/D-377 Choreography 9 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, and 2007/FA
T/D-105 Beginning Modern Dance 8 2016/FA, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, and 2009/FA
T/D-104 Beginning Ballet 6 2016/SP, 2014/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, and 2008/FA
T/D-102 Fundamental Modern Dance 5 2017/SP, 2014/SP, 2012/SP, 2008/SP, and 2007/FA
T/D-399 Senior Project 4 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, and 2008/SP
T/D-244 ST:MEISA 3 2016/FA
T/D-277 Dance Composition II 3 2013/SP, 2011/SP, and 2009/SP
CUR-240 Theatre Arts 2 2017/SP and 2016/SP
FTS-100 First Term Seminar 2 2012/FA and 2011/FA
T/D-115 Assistant Stage Manager 2 2012/SP and 2011/SP
T/D-114 Dance Rep Intensive 1 2018/JN
T/D-372 Advanced Creative Expression 1 2016/JN
NDL-268 Career Exploration 1 2014/JN
CUR-399 Senior Seminar 1 2013/SP
T/D-215 Stage Management 1 2011/SP
T/D-234 Intermediate Ballet 1 2008/SP