Photography by: Sam Rogers  

Photography by: Sam Rogers

 

Melissa is  originally from Long Island, NY and Colorado Springs, CO.   She has been dancing since she couldn't walk;  beginning ballet at age 2 1/2 as a means to correct ante version of her hips in place of surgery, and has been dancing ever since.  She graduated Cum Laude from Oklahoma City University with a BPA in Dance Performance and has been performing,  teaching and choreographing professionally since.  She spent 8 years as a Radio City Rockette (half as a Swing), a year tapping across the country on the First National Tour of "42nd Street," and some time in the Nation's Capital as a Principal Dancer in "Showboat" at the Kennedy Center. She has performed and Dance Captained dozens of shows at Regional Theaters. She was a Spokesmodel/Product Specialist for Honda Automotive for 6 years working special events across the country. She has served as Adjunct Faculty for Roosevelt University and Columbia College in Chicago as well as a Guest Artist at Abilene Christian University.  She has taught both the Rockette Summer Intensive and Rockette Experience at Radio City Music Hall. She has choreographed for theaters in Chicago, Colorado, Atlanta, Texas and New York as well as for Special Events.  Her dance career has been diverse in style, location and training,  and that diversity in training and experience is what she is able to bring to her work.  She is always looking for new ways to challenge herself and grow.  She is currently working toward an MFA in Choreography with Jacksonville University and exploring dance/choreography in un-traditional capacities.