Melinda Caubarreaux is the artistic director and choreographer of Blackbird Dance-Oiseau Noir Danse. A graduate of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, She trained for two years at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in NYC where she was accepted into the Independent Program as a part of her professional training.
Her original works have premiered at the DUMBO Dance Festival in Brooklyn, NY and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, the New Orleans Fringe Festival in New Orleans, LA, Dancemakers in Milwaukee, and the HOT! 24th Annual NYC Celebration of Queer Culture at Dixon Place in NYC. Blackbird Dance also traveled to Guatemala City, Guatemala and performed as part of the International Choreographers Showcase.
She is a member of the National Dance Educators Organization and the International Dance Council, based out of Paris, France.
Melinda is interested in investigating social justice and cultural struggles via a socio-economic lens, while looking at human relationships and asking WHY?
Melinda is currently completing her MFA in Dance at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee researching African, Brazilian and Afro-Brazilian cultures, and the social and economic struggles that exist. She studied in Brazil researching the history and commercialization of the Candomblé.