Melissa Riker is Artistic Director and Choreographer of Kinesis Project dance theatre, celebrating it’s 10th Season in 2015. Riker’s dances and aesthetic layer her training as a classical dancer, martial artist, theatre choreographer and aerial performer. She creates dances on site - and in context. She invents large-scale out-door performances and spontaneous moments of dance. Audiences and critics have called Riker’s work “a Marx Brothers’ routine with soul,” “A movable feast.” And from The NY Times, her choreography is: "comically acrobatic, gracefully classical, visually arresting." Her work has been seen and supported nationally, in numerous residencies and NYC seasons. Melissa teaches dance and performance at University level and in NYC schools such as Dalton and Sacred Heart.