OUR STORY

Mélange Dance Company was founded in 2014 by Artistic Director Monica Ordoñez and Executive Director, Alexa Erck Lambert. We are a New Orleans-based 503c3 nonprofit working to present cutting edge choreography that thoughtfully engages audiences through a careful connection of movement to music and emotion. Mélange presents socially relevant, multi-dimensional, meaningful, and entertaining narratives that are often inspired by history and social justice. We integrate film, elaborate costuming, set design, and other areas of art to ensure a high quality and unique presentation of dance.

 

The company is comprised of a fusion of dancers who are well versed in a variety of training, background and styles of dance. It is part of our mission to create shows that are accessible to a wide range of audiences and are meant, not only to entertain, but to be moving, inspirational, and thought provoking.

 

Our Artistic Director has been nominated for eight Big Easy Awards for her choreography, and our production Journey of Dreamers won the 2018 Big Easy Award for Outstanding Choreography Evening Length. The NOLA Dance Reader described Mélange as “a wealth of well-trained, well-rehearsed dancers with confidence and great physical facility” and declared our first show, The UpStairs Lounge, "valuable,…timely and relevant”. The Gambit described our second production, Once Upon a Dream, as “an impressively varied mix of choreography and tones” and that “vignettes ranged from ethereal and precise dance with a classical feel to the exuberantly physical and joyous”

OUR COMPANY

Kaci Thomassie

Costume Designer

Hannah Bahney

Graphic Designer

Photographer

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chad Rice

President

Tyler Rench

Vice President

Jonathan Tebeleff

Treasurer 

Hannah Udell

Secretary

Jordan Lambert

Director

AJ Allegra

Director

Palmer Mills

Director

OUR NAME

Mélange is inspired by the diversity of our dancers’ cultures, backgrounds and styles. We believe in the strength and beauty of representing and highlighting this diversity while maintaining a cohesive and unique style, creating what NOLA Dance Reader described as “a wealth of well-trained, well-rehearsed dancers with confidence and great physical facility”. Creating something beautiful out of a varied and diverse mix of unique ingredients is a NOLA tradition of which we are proud to be a part!

OUR DONORS AND SPONSORS

Thank you to our donors and sponsors. As a non-profit contemporary dance company, we rely on the support and donations of our community to continue to offer free dance classes twice a week, create and present innovative, poignant, and socially conscientious productions, and support local artists and staff by paying them for their expertise to help make our productions professional. 

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OUR RESIDENCIES

Mélange is proud to be in residence at Loungue Vue House and Gardens, and Southern Rep Theatre.

Photo by Hannah Bahney