Melissa has been teaching in Maine for over 20 years. She bought the dance center in 2004 & strives on making the studio a home for both young & young at heart, beginner thru advanced. Her training began with Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Modern. She competed regionally and nationally winning top awards for technique and performance. Melissa danced in New York with finale performances for ADA and DEA as a young dancer. She traveled to New York, Rhonde Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire to competitions and conventions. Melissa took classes with ADA, Dance Masters of America, Talent America, Jump, Boston Ballet,Dance Educators of America, Maine Dance Teachers Club and several other organizations. Melissa has taught workshops for Maine Dance Teachers Club in both Ballet and Lyrical. She has taken classes at Broadway Dance Center, Boston Ballet, Steps, Janette Neil & Portland Ballet. She has studied Cecchetti, Balanchine, Vaganova and RAD Ballet technique. In the last couple of years her Ballet emphasis is on RAD technique working with a detailed syllabus and influences of Vaganova style. Melissa is part of several dance organizations to continue her education while taking classes weekly and talking internationally with teachers and studio owners from all over the world. She believes a great teacher never stops learning, so she prides herself on taking classes to improve herself & the studio. Melissa has recently taken a focus on the anatomy of dance as well where she teaches proper, alignment placement and strength.Melissa is a Pilates and Bar Sculpt certified teacher. Melissa continues her education in anatomy and teaches injury prevention along with developing and maintaining a strong mind and body. She has taken classes from. Jolenta Valikete, Peter De Hart, Frank Hatchett, David Howard, Rhapsody, Chio. Linda Giancaspro, Juan Sanchez, Dan Barris, & Brian Santora. Melissa’s love for teaching is rare and her smile welcomes you everyday. She cares about each student and pushes them to their highest level. Melissa won Business Woman of the Year from the National Association of Professional and Executive woman in 2008. Melissa has choreographed pieces that have performed for the Celtics, Red Claws and in London, England in 2012. Melissa’s Choreograohy has won Top Choreograhy awards all over the country. Several former students have gone off to have professional dance careers. Melissa was invited to choreograph for American Associates of Professional Arts Educators, where her dance and dancers perfumed in an internationally dance festival outside the 2012 London Olympics. Melissa has been invited to choreograph for them again in 2016 and 2018. Scarborough Dance Center was named best dance studio in the state of Maine by Dancer magazine in 2009. Melissa Choreographed and directed SDC’s 3 full performances of Nutcracker and several other Holiday productions. She has a positive attitude and urges never to give up. She lets students know they can achieve anything if they work hard enough for it. Melissa has won numerous awards; unique choreography, best technique, best ballet technique, precision, most entertaining, most dramatic, best use of props, best patterns, & top score prizes. Melissa has worked with American Cancer Society, Toys for Tots, Perform for a Cure,Maine Veterans Home, Atria Nursing Home and Project Graduation. Melissa brings a true love for dance to the classroom & every student leaves inspired.