Joe “Tinker Melt” Monteleone, the “Andy Warhol of modern dance” (Editor of Broadway World), is a highly acclaimed dancer and occult choreographer, fire performer, tarot reader/healer, and certified personal trainer. He is described by the Huffington Post as “A one-man-band soloist and choreographer who mixes his own music, video art, records monologues, and controls his own lighting - the rare control freak who can do it all and come out with a dazzlingly realized project”. His ritualistic solo work and company (Monteleone Dance) have been presented extensively throughout New York City, nationally and internationally, listed in the Huffington Post’s “Best Dance Performances of 2017”.
Joe began his fire journey at The Floasis, NYC (Combustion Inc) and made his debut at Chapel of Sacred Mirrors. He has performed in Burning Man’s 2019 Fire Conclave with The Brooklyn Proposition as well as various other events.
Joe is at the forefront of movement invention with his “Extraordinary . . . motion-filled movement variety” (Critical Dance), an original philosophically driven movement vocabulary titled “New Axiom”. “Far and away the most moving and meticulous dancer” (Phoenix New Times), Joe combines a “masterful use of technology” with “exceptional dance and choreographic skills” (The Dance Enthusiast) to create multimedia dance works.
Joe has been commissioned by NJ Performing Arts Center/Jersey New Moves Fellowship, Mare Nostrum Elements, Twice by The Moving Beauty Series (Brooklyn), coLAB Arts (NJ), Rutgers University, Vanessa Long Dance Company, and twice by Amalgamate Dance Company where “The work of choreographers Joe Monteleone and Joya Powell left the greatest impressions . . . set the studio on fire” (Huffington Post 2017). Joe won the Audience Favorite Award at NYC10 in 2015 for his solo work “Defense Mechanism”, and was voted favorite choreographer at The Intimate Series.
Joe has taught and lectured at Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers), Rider University, Raritan Valley Community College, PMT Dance Studio (NYC), Arizona State University, MoveDIPR, Ballet Forte, DancePlus Little Silver, and regularly gives guest performances and workshops at institutions. His live installation work has been presented at the Peridance Capezio Center (NYC), the Alpha Art Gallery (New Jersey), the Infinito Gallery (NYC), and the Jersey City Council for the Arts as part of Jersey City Arts and Studio Tour. He received his BFA in Dance at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers, and has worked for choreographers Sidra Bell, Manuel Vignoulle, Randy James, NivOren, Stefanie Batten Bland, Inbal Pinto, Julia Ritter, and various others.
New York City performance and choreography credits include: National Arts Club, Judson Church, Arts on Site, Inception to Exhibition Festival, Bryant Park Modern Dance Series, APAP, 92Y, CPR, Peridance, New York Live Arts, Dixon Place, the Dance Gallery Festival, Alpha & Omega Theater, The Current Sessions, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Korean Dance Festival, Bizarre Bushwick, Live At The Archway, Translate: Voices of Dance, Baruch Performing Arts Center, the Norwood Club, the Amalgamate Artist Series, Green Space, The Moving Beauty Series, Triskelion Arts, Hudson Guild Theatre, Comedy in Dance Festival, Wave Rising Series, Dumbo Dance Festival, the Chocolate Factory, Williamsburg Movement and Arts Center, Hatch, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, PMT, and various others.
National credits include: Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Reverb Dance Echoes
Tour (Boston University), Motion: Best of NJ Dance, Your Move Dance Festival (NJ), Rutgers
University (NJ), Show Up and Dance (NJ), The Wassaic Project (NJ), Crossroads Theatre (NJ),
HacPac/Bergen Dance Makers (NJ), Kun-Yang Lin’s InHale Performance Series (Philadelphia,
PA), Dance Diversity Tour (Philadelphia, PA) and the Breaking Ground Dance Festival (Tempe,
International credits include a tour with International BPM to Spain on multiple residencies, including a commission by the Institute of the Arts Barcelona, and a performance in the Bailar al Sol Festival (Sitges).
"A one-man-band soloist and choreographer - who mixes his own music, commissions original curated video art, creates video game montages, records monologues, and controls his own lighting with the flick of a switch - Joe Monteleone is the rare control freak who can do it all and come out with a dazzlingly realized project."