Melissa West is a choreographer and curator based in Staten Island, NY. Since 2008, her work has been presented throughout NYC at venues including Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, The Living Theater, Atlantic Salt Factory for the LUMEN Festival, Queens Museum, and Bowery Poetry Club. She has held residencies through Staten Island Arts, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, and the CUNY Dance Initiative. West has studied at the Staten Island Ballet, Movement Research, Dance the Yard, and Gibney Dance Center. She holds a dual-degree in Dance and English from Hunter College. In 2014, she earned a Masters in Performance Studies from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. Melissa West joined the staff at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden in 2015 and has been the Vice President of Curation since 2017. In this senior role, West curates artists and programs ranging in disciplines from dance to the visual arts, and oversees the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art. http://www.mwestdances.nyc