Melissa started dancing at 9 years old in Auckland, New Zealand. There she trained in jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop and contemporary styles as well as completing JDNZ and BAL dance exams to advance level. As a teen she also competed in solo and group competitions across the country. In 2016, Melissa moved to Vancouver, Canada and started taking ballet and jazz classes with The Ballet Lounge and most recently taking their online virtual classes during the pandemic. Melissa moved to the US in 2017 and continued her passion for dance by taking classes at KDC. Along with teaching jazz classes, she also manages the KDC social media accounts and helps with some studio admin work.
Outside of dance, Melissa works for a leading tech company and enjoys spending time with her family and French Bulldog, Penny