Melissa started dancing at age 9 and quickly fell in love with everything about dance. She grew up dancing here at Alisa's Dance Academy and is an alumni of Austin's Dance Elite. She's trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern & Pointe. She even has a few years of experience in Country Western Swing & Jitterbug! She loves the hard work, the passion, the movement, the artistry and the athleticism that all goes into becoming a great dancer. While Melissa loved being on ADE growing up she found her true passion in teaching and sharing all she has learned with dancers of all ages. She started teaching for ADA at the age of 16 and is so excited to finally be returning to her home studio.
After graduating high school Melissa attended Texas A&M where she earned a BA in Communications with a double minor in business & dance. While at Texas A&M Melissa taught classes part time for a local college station studio, Expressions Dance & Music. There, her passion for teaching grew and she knew this was a career she wanted to explore. Upon graduation from Texas A&M, Melissa accepted the position of Company Director for the Expressions Dance & Music competitive team, Expressions Dance Company (EDC) and was the director for 12 amazing years. Along with being the EDC Director, Melissa was also the Business Manager for The Lil' Wranglers, the youth Country Western team in college station. Melissa loves teaching dancers of all ages but she really connects with company dancers who thrive on hard work while building a true passion for dance all the while having so much fun in the process.
Melissa recently moved back home to Austin, with her husband Justin and their two year old son Luke. They are excited to be in Austin, closer to family and to build family roots here. Melissa and her family enjoy the outdoors and are excited to explore all the ways Austin has changed and grown over the last 15 year. Melissa accepted a job here in Austin as an office manager for ENZI Wealth and she is looking forward to a better work-life balance and so much more family time. BUT, dance has never left her heart and she just couldn't imagine a life without it. She is beyond excited to be teaching a few classes for ADA while adjusting to the big Austin move and hopes to really get plugged in with the ADA family. She looks forward to sharing her passion with a new group of dancers and hopes to help inspire the next generation of dancers.