MELONIE Buchanan MURRAY portrait
  • Associate Professor, School Of Dance

Current Courses

Fall 2018

  • BALLE 1401-001
    Freshman Seminar
  • BALLE 3900-001
    Performance Credit-Other
  • BALLE 4650-001
    Perf Credit: UB
    Location: MCD 60 (Marriott Center)
  • BALLE 4650-002
    Perf Credit: UB
  • BALLE 4940-001
    Senior Capstone
    Location: M LI 1170 (Marriott Library)
  • BALLE 4960-001
    Senior Capstone Honors
    Location: M LI 1170 (Marriott Library)
  • BALLE 6200-001
    Pointe/Variations: Grad
  • BALLE 6290-001
    Ballet Technique-Grad
  • BALLE 6420-001
    Repertoire: Graduate
  • BALLE 6525-001
    Men's Class: Graduate
  • BALLE 6580-001
    Partner Adagio: Grad
  • BALLE 6650-001
    Performance Credit: Gra
  • BALLE 6780-001
    Ballet Pedagogy I
  • BALLE 6905-001
    Scholarly Writing

Summer 2018

Spring 2018

Professional Organizations

  • Dance Studies Association. 09/2017 - present. Position : Member.
  • Corps de Ballet International. 01/01/2015 - present. Position : Secretary.
  • Congress on Research in Dance + Society of Dance History Scholars. 01/01/2014 - 09/2017. Position : Member.
  • World Dance Alliance. 01/01/2014 - present. Position : Member.

Curriculum Work

BFA in Ballet:  In 2015-16, the Ballet Program underwent a major curricular overhaul to address issues raised by NASD (National Association of Schools of Dance), the department's accrediting body.  Melonie was instrumental in raising the academic rigor of the BFA in Ballet degree through her research of other institutions and significant contributions to the curriculum development.

MFA in Ballet:  In 2016-17, the Ballet Program proposed an updated relaunch of the MFA in Ballet degree program which had been placed on hiatus since 2012.  Melonie’s extensive research for developing the curriculum included site visits to universities offering ballet-focused undergraduate degrees, conducting interviews with ballet faculty at universities across the nation, and developing a market analysis.  Addressing criticism from the accrediting body and the university graduate school, Melonie created a newly structured and re-visioned curriculum.  The MFA in Ballet degree program will relaunch in Fall 2017.