Melanie started dancing at a very young age and continues to pursue her training today professionally; as a judge, master teacher, and taking classes from the top names in the dance industry.Her dance training includes Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Drill Team, and Leaps and turns and was a seasoned tumbler as well! She has trained extensively with renowned dance artists such as Mia Michaels, Nick Lazzarrini, Ray Leeper, Gil Stroming, Suzie Taylor, Robin Dunn, Dee Caspbery, Doug Caldwell, as well as many more NY, LA, and Dallas Choreographers.Melanie started her training in the “convention” circuit at the age of 13.She has also trained in New York at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center.Melanie continues her training every year to stay current with all the latest styles and techniques.
Throughout her dance career, Melanie has participated in numerous and various events such as halftime performances for the San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Cowboys as well as a background dancer for the band Boston! She has also performed Industrials for Mary Kay and Toni and Guy, Mistle-Toe and Magic, the Texas State Fair, the East Texas State Fair, Batman Stunt Show at Six Flags Over Texas, and various other local venues.She has also choreographed an off broadway show at the Lincoln Center in New York. Melanie has been awarded many dance scholarships at conventions and competitions including, Tremaine, West Coast Dance Explosion, LA Underground, LA Dance Force, and Dance Olympus.She also received highest honors as “Dancer of the Year”.In her Drill Team career, she was an officer of her high school Drill Team in Tyler, TX.She has choreographed for numerous Drill Teams including Robert E.Lee High School, Marble Falls, JJ Pierce HS, McKinney High School Marquettes, Jasper Middle School, Plano West Senior High, Tyler Junior College Apache Bells, and the Kilgore Rangerettes.
Melanie has taught dance in the Plano/ McKinney area since 1998. She has been recognized as a top choreographer regionally and nationally, winning the coveted title of “Teacher of the Year” in the Dallas area.She is known across the country for having technically trained dancers, as well as very emotional performers.Melanie teaches her dancers everything that she has learned, and having grown up in the competitive world herself.Melanie’s number one goal is to give her dance students the highest level of training and as much exposure to the hottest names in the dance world by bringing in highly acclaimed master teachers as well as traveling outside of the the DFW area to expose them to what it takes to be a professional dancer, on Broadway, choreographer, etc!!! Melanie takes great pride in making sure she gives her dancers what they need to reach their highest goals.