Melanie began her dance training at the age of four in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada at one of the top ballet studios in the area, Flora Pigeau Dance Academy. She excelled in many dance genres specfically ballet, jazz and musical theatre. She trained with renowned international teachers and choreographers such at Arnold Sphor, Norbert Vesak, Kent Stowell and Francia Russell. Throughout her dance career she received several awards and was chosen as the British Columbia Provincial representaive for ballet. Melanie has performed lead roles in The King and I at Vancouver’s Theatre Under the Stars, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre and performed with Harbor Dance Center. She was a member of Vancouver’s CFL B.C. Lions Pride Dance Team, and was a lead performer with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Melanie was with Rob Haynes, one the top Talent Agencies in Vancouver where she was a runway and print model. Melanie began her teaching career at the age of 15, in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada and went on to obtain the Royal Academy of Dance ballet teaching certificate from London in 1995. Melanie has taught in Vancouver, B.C. , Ottawa, ON , San Diego, CA and Austin, TX. Melanie was the Director for the Academy of Dance in San Diego as well as the Ballet Director and Nutcracker Spectacular Artistic Director for Alisa’s Dance Academy. Melanie has now been teaching for 35 years and loves to share her knowledge of dance and teach the art of ballet.