Dance Instructor - Ballet, Ballet/Tap, Jazz
Melissa grew up training at various studios including Dance City Inc, Youth Ballet Saskatchewan, Chinese Dance Association of Saskatchewan, and SaskExpress Studio – Regina. During her 13 years of training, she studied many different styles, including ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, pom and traditional Chinese dance. Melissa was a member of the Campbell Collegiate dance team for 2 years and was the recipient of the most valuable dancer award for both years (Junior Pom & Jazz Team). Melissa also trained with the Mini Express and The Expressions for several years and had the opportunity to perform with the cast in DisneyLand. In addition, she was a member of the SaskExpress Performing Group for two summer casts (2016 & 2018) and one winter cast (2018).
Melissa holds certifications with Acrobatic Arts as an acro dance preschool teacher and a module 1 syllabus teacher. She is also certified to teach progressing ballet technique, is a registered yoga teacher with yoga alliance (200hr RYT), and a Year 1 teacher training school student with the Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADAPT). She holds her Advanced Canadian Dance Teacher Association (CDTA) Jazz & Tap and has received the National Achievement Award in both styles. She also studied with the ADAPT syllabus growing up and holds her Pre-Inter 1 in Jazz & Tap. Additionally, she holds her Advanced 1 Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) ballet certificate. Melissa is currently working towards her Advanced 2 Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) ballet certificate and Pre-Inter 3 tap and jazz ADAPT certificates. She believes in being a student for life and is constantly seeking new opportunities to fine tune her craft.
Besides dancing, Melissa is studying in her fourth year of University with the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Regina, majoring in Human Kinetics. Alongside her bachelors degree, she is also pursuing a certificate in Early Childhood Studies with the University of Regina. With a love of sharing her passion for dance, she was excited to direct our Tiny Tots program for the third consecutive year this summer and is super excited to embark on her 6th year of teaching with SaskExpress – Regina. This year, she's teaching ballet/tap, ballet, acro, and jazz, in addition to working as the Studio Receptionist for the 3rd consecutive year!