MELISSA WILSON - Jazz
Melissa Wilson trained in classical ballet from ages 3 to 12 years old., and as a teenage dancer had the privilege of being a pre-professional company member at IPAC in Orange County, CA. Under the direction of Keri LeGrand (EDGE & Tremaine) & Julie Rhoton (IPAC & South Coast Performing Arts), both students of the famous “dance technician to the stars” Paula Morgan, Melissa learned jazz technique as well as modern, broadway tap, musical theater, hip hop, and contemporary ballet.
Melissa has been an educator for 14 years. Following her undergraduate degree in Outdoor Education & Environmental Studies, Melissa received a teaching certificate in Middle School Science and taught for one year at The Learning Community and then five years at Francine Delany New School for Children, a West Asheville public charter school that is continually rated one of the top schools in the state. Over the past 8 years she has worked as an adjunct faculty at her alma mater in Montreat College’s Natural Sciences Department. In 2010, she also co-founded the dance department at Elevate School of Life & Art, a non-profit performing arts school focused on musical theater for inner city youth. Finishing her master’s in Education Melissa is now a full-time faculty member at Montreat College.
As an educator, Melissa believes that “dance training is life training” and she knows that there is no other art form that can teach children the values of hard work, authenticity, concentration, tenacity, communication and vulnerability like dance can.