Melinda “Mindy” Rawlinson

Melinda “Mindy” Rawlinson

As a dance artist, Rawlinson concentrates on ideologies surrounding femininity, sexuality, and the moving dancing body. In 2017, Rawlinson completed her Master of Fine Arts through Hollins where she had the opportunity to study abroad in Frankfurt, Germany, for three consecutive summers. During this time, she worked on three major projects. Her independent study investigated the transgression of ballet through her two-part interview series of Radical ballet while her research paper project explored Voyeurism and the Ballerina. Her final thesis production and written document examined the performance of sexuality in the fields of pornography and choreography by exploring kinesthetic pleasures through a reflective and reflexive performance. She has had the opportunity of performing her thesis project in West Palm Beach, Florida, at The Box Gallery and in Boynton Beach, Florida, in part of the Boynton Beach Arts District ActivistaArtista Festival. Prior to accomplishing her M.F.A., Rawlinson was an adjunct instructor of dance at the University of South Carolina for four years. Previously, she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree from USC as a cum laude graduate, where she received the University of South Carolina Dance Program Director Award for outstanding dedication, talent and passion for the art of dance. During her time at USC, she had the opportunity to perform works choreographed by Tanya Wideman-Davis, Thaddeus Davis, George Balanchine, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Gianni Di Marco, Hannah Lagerway, and many others. As a professional performing artist, she has worked with Carolina Ballet Theatre in Greenville, South Carolina, and Wideman-Davis Dance in Columbia, South Carolina. Rawlinson currently resides in Delray Beach, Florida, as a freelance dance artist, where she is performing with Demetrius Klein Dance Company and Lauren Carey’s Ballet Florida.