Dance Education and Career Planning Strategies

I teach dancers and parents how dance training and careers work so dancers can create the dance career they want.

I teach educators and administrators how to build dynamic spaces for sustainable growth.

30 minute episodes on every aspect of dance education, including artist and educator interviews.

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Melissa works with artists, families of artists, and arts leaders to architect their place in the dance industry - saving time, money, and resources from being wasted on inadequate training, unnecessary extracurriculars, and unrealistic expectations - so they can focus on achieving dreams.

A former high performance athlete and dancer, Melissa’s decade of experience in dance and art education across educational institutions positions her with a uniquely broad perspective on building careers in the performing arts.

She previously worked at Boston Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Miami City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and The Joyce Theater in dance education. In Higher Education, she held a hybrid position at Penn State focused on student engagement in the arts. She currently serves as a board member with the Tennessee Association of Dance.

"Melissa is a knowledgeable and attentive instructor. She has had years of experience in dance - and it shows!!" ~Lee, VA

"Melissa really listened to my concerns and addressed them in our sessions. I highly recommend her!" ~Jaime, NY

"I loved that part about asking for feedback [on Summer Dance Strategies for Success for Parents YouTube seminar]. That was so well stated. I think that is a great tip to share with my daughter so she can ask for feedback if she wants." ~Adrienne, mom of teen dancer