Being coached and mentored during the Big Ballet rehearsal period by Wayne Sleep OBE was a once in a lifetime experience!
Curious about movement and dance from a very young age, Melissa is an accomplished Dance Artist with a background in Classical Ballet, contemporary dance, Yoga, Somatic practices and Martial Arts. Deeply interested in the use of breathwork, mindful physical awareness and classical aesthetics, Melissa is currently creating an engaging and emotive performance company in the North of England.
A featured participant in Channel Four’s Big Ballet, Melissa was praised by mentor Wayne Sleep for being a great all-rounder. During the recital at St Georges’ Hall, Bradford, she played the roles of Pink Princess and a Black Cygnet.
Since completing the series, Melissa has been cast alongside dancers from Phoenix Dance Theatre in the upcoming BBC Drama series ‘Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell’, and in 2014 was offered an apprenticeship with the emerging Navdhara India Dance Theatre company in Mumbai. In addition to developing her company, Melissa is currently engaged as an apprentice Classical Pilates teacher at Breathe Pilates Ltd in Sheffield.
In August 2014 Melissa appeared on BBC Radio Sheffield to talk about her world record attempt of 1,265 grand battements (ballet kicks). Although successful the record unfortunately remains unverified due to the incompetency of the organisation trusted to record it. Visit her blog for further info.
In her spare time, Melissa runs an online dance magazine – www.dancemuse.org - which although still in its early stages has featured interviews with Northern Ballet principal Tobias Batley, Hanover Choreography prize-winner Kenneth Tindall and Chantry Dance Company.
To engage Melissa for dance, writing or content management work contact her using the information provided below