Melissa originates from the suburbs of Darwin, in the Northern Territory, and began her dance training at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), where she completed her Bachelor of Arts (Dance) in 2015.
Throughout her dance career, Melissa has performed in works by various national and international choreographers such as Sue Peacock, Justin Rutzou, Oded Ronen, Aimee Smith, Lucas Viallefond, and Lin Wen Chung. During 2015, she was granted the opportunity to spend 5 months on the Student Mobility Grant training at Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA), where she was awarded Best Female Dancer, in Lin Wen Chung’s remount of Chang He/Long River.
In the past year, Melissa has spent her time training with artists across Europe and developing her skillset and artistry on foreign grounds, to allow a broader outlook on her creative stimuli and input back to her audiences.
Her class focuses on release and sequential movement that explore pathways into finding one’s ability to become fluid within the individual’s range of movement, and exploring numerous ways of moving that allows one to tap into their physical primal instincts.