Melissa grew up in Sarnia, starting her competitive dance life at the age of 8. She competed throughout the US and Canada, receiving top awards, and was a part of a performance tour to the South of Spain. When in University at McMaster for Biology, she was a part of the MAC Dance Club for 4 years, and was the Assistant Artistic Director for the McMaster Jazz Dance Company for 2 years. During this time she performed with the Toronto Rock Lacrosse Dance team at the ACC for a season and half. After University she travelled as a dancer on Celebrity Cruises in Alaska, and Holland America Line in Alaska and the Mediterranean. She also performed as a magician’s assistant for Adam Trent in the Caribbean and US, who later went on to perform on Broadway in “The Illusionists”. Upon returning to Toronto she performed as a member of the A2D2 dance team, while training and performing on the aerial hoop for 2 years. Melissa has just recently moved to Port Sydney with her family, and can’t wait to teach dance in beautiful Muskoka.