Melissa, past-president of Dance Masters of America chapter #39 is certified by test to teach. She has studied dance seriously since the age of five under the direction of David DeMarie. She has also taken master classes with Gus Giordano, Betsy Haug, Brian Foley, the infamous Tom Ralabate, and others. She was crowned Miss Dance D.M.A. Chapter #8. She has also competed in and won highest scores in national competitions. Melissa taught for DeMarie from 1979-1986. At that point, she went on to tour with Greg Thompson Productions, and has performed all over the world including Philadelphia, Atlantic City, New York, Reno, Toronto, and Bermuda. Since opening the Fabulous Feet Dance Studio, Melissa’s students have achieved top honors in many competitions, including high score, Dancer of the Year, Performance Groups and Duo’s of the Year and many first place awards. Other students have gone on to dance professionally, with Greg Thompson Productions and other producers and dance companies. The great success of her students has brought the Fabulous Feet Dance Studio to a high that makes all of its students proud to be “Fabulous Feet dancers.”
Melissa served on the National Board of Dance Masters of America. She has also been on the National Judges Panel for DMA. She was the future planning director of DMA as her teaching skills, studio “know-how” and assertive attitude are the things she is recognized for. Melissa absolutely loves working with young children, as they love working with her.