Studio Director and Teacher
Advanced Diploma of Dance
Certificate IV in Training & Assessment
Certificate IV in Fitness
Advanced Certificate in Dance Teaching (QUT)
Senior First Aid Certificate
With over 30 years of dance experience Melanie holds her Advance Diploma of dance, Certificate 3 & 4 in fitness and is a qualified trainer and assessor.
Born on the Central Coast Melanie has studied Classical Ballet, Contemporary Jazz, Modern Dance, Tap and Musical Theatre before moving to Sydney at the age of 20 to dance full time.
She developed a love for Hip Hop and street dance in the early 90s and developed her skills here in Australia as well as in New York, Los Angeles and Japan over the past 25 years.
Melanie began practicing Hip Hop in 1996, Breaking in 2002, Popping and Locking in 2004, Krump in 2005, House dance in 2006, Stepping in 2009 and has just begun her Journey with Chicago Footwork.
Over the past 25 years she has choreographed and danced with crews such as Caramell, Found8ion, Rhapsody & Sweet Elite (Australia’s first B-girl crew). She has competed Nationally and Internationally with Crews and as a solo freestyle dancer.
Melanie has judged many street dance competitions such as Hip Hop International, Battlegrounds & Numerous Battles as well as adjudicated at many eisteddfods.
Melanie’s credits include: Johnny Ruffo, Danielle DeLaite, Senani, Amanda Perez, Israel, Random, Selwyn, Lordz of the Fly, Maya Jupiter, Foreign Heights, Sneeky Sound System and Joseph Gatehau of Australian Idol.
Other Choreographic achievements include: The Opening of the Urban Music Awards 2006/2007, Big Day Out, Sweatfest / Ministry of sound, Battle of the Year, Sleazeball, Johnny Ruffo Australia & Macau tour, Corporate entertainment for Hewlard Packard, Apple Ipod, Telstra & Adidas.
More recently Melanie performed for Iggy Azalea Bonds Campaign and won Real Estate House Battle in Brisbane.
Melanie has been judging, teaching and running workshops/events for well over 20 years and is currently in high demand as one of Sydney’s Leading and most experienced dancers, teachers and choreographers.
“I care deeply for every one of our students and endeavour to create the best environment for them to accomplish whatever their heart desires, whether it be in Dance, or utilising the life skills that dance teaches them.”