eMCeeMovement

Melissa partners with pre-professional dancers, their parents, dance educators, and administrators to be the emcee of their dance career - instead of navigating a daunting, complicated process solo - so that each dancer's dreams become reality.

Parents

Melissa guides parents (dance moms and dance dads) through every step of their child's dance journey from understanding how dance training works, dealing with injuries, navigating auditions, what to look for in a dance teacher, and managing relationships.

Educators

Empowered parents help you build momentum outside of the studio, whether creating organizational support, fundraising, or leveraging resources. Work with Melissa to establish a healthy, vibrant channel of collaboration with parents of your dancers.

Administrators

Melissa works with managers of summer dance programs, baccalaureate programs, and supplemental training programs to build a cohesive experience for dancers and develop talent management portals.

About Melissa

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.

What people are saying:

"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