Melanie Ríos Glaser is a Southern California based movement artist working in the dance field as a teacher, performer, curator, lecturer, panelist, advocate, mentor, and consultant.
Born and raised in Guatemala, Ríos Glaser received her BFA from the Juilliard School, was named a Kennedy Center Fellow in 1998, and a Fulbright Scholar in Paris in 2003. From 2005 until July 2016 she was part of The Wooden Floor, acting as Artistic Director and Co-CEO. The Wooden Floor is a nationally recognized organization grounded in dance for low-income youth. Under Ríos Glaser's tenure, The Wooden Floor nearly doubled its budget and expanded its services. There she commissioned work from an impressive group of choreographers and design artists.
Recently she presented La Tribu at the REDCAT/CalArts Theatre NOW Festival in Los Angeles. She has choreographed more than 30 pieces for groups that include University of California Irvine’s Dance Department, Group Motion Dance Theatre Company, Ballet Moderno y Folklórico de Guatemala, Ballet de Cali, her own Mosquito Dance Company, and The Wooden Floor. Ríos Glaser has a marked interest in dance improvisation, contact improvisation, and dance composition. Ríos Glaser was certified in 2003, as a somatic educator. She enjoys working as a consultant on issues related to nonprofit organizations. Rios Glaser proudly serves on the Board of Trustees of Dance/USA.back to Board of Trustees