Melanie is a Toronto native who has been dancing since the age of four. She studied various forms of dance such as Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Flamenco, Latin, Ballroom and Salsa. Melanie was on So You Think You Can Dance Canada as a salsa/ ballroom dancer, top 18 finalist.
Living in Los Angeles, Melanie has worked with some of the industries top choreographers on stage and on set. She has performed at the Video Music Awards with artists such as Pitbull, and Neyo, appeared in music videos with JLO, Pharrell. She has performed in several live shows with dance companies across Los Angeles and is part of the Flamenco dance company ARDE with renowned choreographer Roberto Amaral.
Melanie also performed at the 69th Cannes Film Festival at the Carlton Hotel Fashion show. In addition to stage performance, Melanie has appeared in film productions both as a dancer and an actress. She starred in and co-produced a short film with Golden Zebra Productions, which was selected into the 69th Cannes Film Festival. She been seen in numerous commercials, such as Budweiser, Sony, Phillips, Carnival Cruise Lines, Bud Light, and Budwiser, to name a few. She has toured the world performing and choreographing for award-winning musician Robert Michaels for over a decade.
With a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, Melanie has taught dance to children and adults around Canada and the US and Europe. Several of her students have competed in Pro-Am Ballroom/ Latin competitions and she has also participated in many national competitions around the world.
In learning about the joy that dance spreads to others, Melanie was inspired to create an outreach dance program in Los Angeles where she recruited a number of renowned choreographers to be a part of her team to give back. The program is called Fostering Dreams Through Dance, to empower and educate foster youth and at risk youth to find their voice through the art of dance. Melanie and her team are currently working with various organizations to bring dance education and empower today’s youth.
In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.-Coco Chanel
My heart through dance
Tango group piece with my creative partner. Thank you dancers for your undeniable talent and bringing this piece to life. This was such a fun and inspiring process merging tango and flamenco elements together.
Our Target Commercial Audition piece. So much fun creating with friends, especially when dancing to the Gypsy Kings.
Seniors at Embrace Dance Competition and Convention teaching the Jive. It was a style they hadn't done and boy was it fast! Much harder without a partner, they all killed it.
The making of "Slow Cheetah" was a healing process like no other. I stepped into the studio with my muse, my inspiration and talented friend Toi'ya. She knew what I was going through and I told her to put her own spin on the emotional journey I described. We sat with our eyes closed and listened to the song once and then I began to create on the spot. We got through it all in an hour, and we both walked away feeling a weight had been lifted from both our hearts as we poured them onto the dance floor.
Latin-Jazz master class at IDC in LA. These kiddies were on fire! They worked their tails off learning a style they're not used to and killed my choreo. Love working with them!
Latin- Jazz master class at IDC with the senior group. So much fun working with these girls who gave me so much life!
Smirnoff "Moscow Muel 75th Anniversary directed by Ricky Saiz.