Melissa is a native of Miami, Florida. Developing a concentration in the art of dance as a young girl; she attended the prestigious New World School of the Arts for Dance and studied with Marielena Mencia and Yanis Pikieris, artistic directors of the Miami Youth Ballet. In 2010, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the University of South Florida where dance masters, Michael Foley, Paula Nunez, Sandra Robinson, Jeanne Travers and Gretchen Warren closely mentored her. As an emerging choreographer, Melissa was invited by the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) to perform “Stained Glass”, an original piece that she both choreographed and danced for the National Gala at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Melissa began her professional career as a dancer with the Charlotte Ballet from 2010 until 2015 under the direction of Paris Opera Ballet Etoiles, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and George Balanchine’s muse, Patricia McBride. Inspiring the arts community in Charlotte, NC, Melissa performed many classical roles and contemporary works by renowned choreographers such as William Forsythe, Sasha Janes, Jiri Kylian, Dwight Rhoden, and Twyla Tharp. She has set works on Charlotte Ballet for dancer-run performances and Appalachian Ballet Company for the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association (SERBA) annual gala. In 2012, Bonnefoux nominated her for the respected, Princess Grace Award. Melissa is also a Master Ballet/Modern Teacher and has a passion for Community Service. She has served in the school systems, women’s detention centers, and as an Ambassador for the US Embassy educating children about the arts in Tunisia.
In 2015, Melissa moved to New York City and danced for Complexions Contemporary Ballet under the direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson for their Fall 2015 Season. She is currently working with Ballet Hispanico's Education and Outreach Program as the Community Programs Manager. Melissa joined Gramercy Pilates in February of 2016 and is thrilled to be working towards her Pilates Certification in the beautiful Gramercy neighborhood in Flatiron District.