Melissa has over 40 years of dance experience. She received her dance training primarily in the New England area and has had the privilege of studying under dance legends such as Luigi, Gus Giordano, Rhee Gold, Frank Hatchett and Dianne Walker. She is a current member of the New England Dance Master’s of America Chapter 5 and has dance certifications from Dance Teacher Magazine for her participation in their Dance Teacher Summer Workshops. While studying dance, Melissa performed with the Worcester Ballet Society in their productions of “The Dream” and “Gershwin” and competed at the regional and national level. Upon graduating from high school, Melissa was accepted into the Boston Conservatory dance program. At that time she chose to pursue her career as a dance teacher and choreographer and continued to study all genres of dance in Boston and New York City. Melissa has taught at and owned studios in both Colorado and Massachusetts. She has worked as the Assistant Performing Arts Director at Shepherd Hill Regional High School, where she choreographed their award-winning show choir, as well as with several local performing arts companies. Melissa’s students have been awarded high scores, special awards and both regional and national titles, and many have gone on to major in dance at well-known colleges and conservatories. Currently, Melissa works as a teacher and choreographer at several area studios. She has extensive training in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, acro and choreography, and her dancers and pieces continue to receive numerous high scores and special recognitions. Adding to her perspectives on dance, Melissa has also worked for regional and national dance competitions as an adjudicator for the past 6 years. She is very excited to begin this new journey and continue to inspire developing dancers with her knowledge and love of dance.