"It is one thing to be skilled in ballet technique, it is another to effectively teach that technique to students. Melissa knows how to do just this. I believe her goal wasn't to teach the students ballet positions and technique and have them repeat until perfected. Rather she conditioned their bodies to be able to handle the techniques being taught...This foundation, in a short time, gave the students the ability to dance with grace and with the appearance of ease."
Parent of a professional student
"Miss Melissa inspired every one of the students in her class...this inspiration created an environment of rapid learning not only in ballet, but also in healthy eating habits, injury prevention, proper stretching, and camaraderie among the girls."
Parent of 14 yr. old student
"This method has done wonders for me. Over the past couple years I have had long term injuries which have prevented me from being able to dance to my best abilities. Even after a couple weeks of training [with Melissa], I was beginning to see incredible improvements. I was able to access more turnout then I have ever been able to before, I was introduced to healthier positions, and I have felt that my overall strength and stamina has skyrocketed. I truly believe that this level of training and this method of teaching will benefit many young dancers who are looking for an opportunity to have a well rounded method of ballet training.”
Professional student-Age 16
“I didn’t know I was capable of so much. Not only have I drastically improved my flexibility and strength, but I have developed great skills and work ethic….I am much more responsible. I have learned how to take care of myself and I have become completely dedicated to ballet”
"When Miss Melissa came, she totally changed our bodies. She helped us remove all our bad habits and had us practically start from the beginning with the right technique. I learned what my core was and how to hold it...My turnout improved by inches, and I am still amazed at how good it [my turnout] looks and how my body can actually handle it. This happened with our whole studio, we actually had good ballet technique. Soon most all of our studio fell head over heels with ballet, so did I...now it is my favorite type of dance."
“Not only did Melissa improve my dancing but she also helped improve my character. She taught me dedication, discipline, and organization. I could rely on Melissa to be prepared and attentive during rehearsal, and she expected the same from me.”
Professional student-Age 13
“Miss Melissa is my strictest teacher, but also my nicest.”
Pre-Ballet Student-Age 8