Melissa is a Calgary based dancer who began her formal dance training at the age of three years old! She has trained in various forms of dance such as ballet, lyrical, jazz, salsa, and the heart of her dance, hip hop, in which she has experimented with styles such as house, krump, popping, dancehall, breaking, and urban choreography. Her performance style consists of fusing her contemporary roots with her magnetic hip hop grooves.
Melissa has found a renewed love for movement through music and art, which has inspired her to deepen her passion for dance. Melissa feels that performing and dancing is the perfect outlet for her to express her zeal for life and to share her vibrant energy with others. She has worked on projects and shows in collaboration DJs, singers, rappers/MCs, dancers, videographers, and music producers. She has performed at festivals such as Astral Harvest and Sangha and local events such as Circle the wagons, Sled Island, Ignite Festival, Late Night at the Plaza, Global Fest, and Beakerhead which all showcase her freestyle moves and original choreographed pieces.
The external and internal growth and healing she has experienced through dance and movement over the years has inspired her to share the same with others. She provides a cheerful and encouraging safe space for students to go out of their comfort zone and push past personal fears whilst integrating authenticity, confidence, connection, resiliency, vulnerability, and positive thinking.