Creating catalysts for careers in dance with personalized strategies for success.

Careers in dance are often decided for you and without your knowing it. Getting into that program at age 12 can push you forward by five years; not taking or (knowing which) deliberate steps to make can push you out completely.


We'll address an immediate, upcoming or ongoing area needing growth and identify 1-3 action steps you can take.


Workshop style session involving direct application such as resume writing, college course design, or portfolio creation.


Dreamstorming your career trajectory with aggressive, long term goal setting and establishing success milestones.

Strategies for Parents

Learn how to prepare your student & yourself for summer dance program success!

Strategies for Young Dancers

Learn how to make the most of your summer dance program opportunity!

Melissa Croushorn

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. Melissa has worked with artists of all ages and experience levels to refine their professional presence, strategize career development, and maximize educational opportunities. She is especially focused on coaching young dancers and artists in pre-professional and educational endeavors.

Her background as a high performance athlete and dancer led her to Pilates to maximize physical capacity while simultaneously rehabbing physical imbalances and injuries. Her teaching philosophy focuses on precision and incremental gains per the individual. She holds a Level 1 Mat & Reformer STOTT PILATES® certification from Merrithew International.

Since relocating to Franklin, TN in 2018 she teaches Pilates and consults/coaches creative and somatic practitioners.

What people are saying:

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

"Melissa has a great eye and caught subtle misalignments that changed how I performed certain exercises. She really listened to my concerns and addressed them in our sessions. I highly recommend her!" ~Jaime, NY