Artist in Residence: Melissa Sanderson

Melissa Sanderson



Melissa Sanderson is a dance artist whose work spans choreography, performance, dance film, and education. Her choreography has been supported through the World Dance Alliance Global Summit in Newfoundland, Canada, WDA’s International Young Choreographers Project in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Austin Dance Festival, Texas Dance Improvisational Festival, BOOST Dance Festival, Full Tilt, and Kaleidoscope Dance Company. As a performer Melissa has worked with Jordan Fuchs Company, Coriolis Dance, The Gray, Kinesis Project Dance Theatre, and most recently Jessica Jobaris & General Magic. Melissa holds a B.F.A. in Dance from San Diego State University, a M.F.A. in Dance from Texas Woman’s University, and teaches as Adjunct Faculty at Bellevue College, Eastfield College (online), and Tarrant County College (online).


 I am using the 10 Degrees residency to develop a new solo work that considers my recent personal history as an object of study. Partially inspired by Meg Stuart's research in emotional states, I am sourcing conversations, journal text, and emotional-based memories to generate a series of movement tasks, qualities, and other physicalized recollections. 

Or… turning the devastating collapse of a devoted partnership into art. 

Photo credit: Stefano Altamura