Melissa graduated from DeLarue Dance Centre in 2003, completing 16 years of dance. She has been on the staff for thirteen years. Melissa is also a graduate
of St. Thomas More where she was a member of the STM Sparkler Dance Team. While attending STM, she was a Who's Who Among American High School Students.
Melissa graduated from the University of Louisiana with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, with an emphasis in dance. She was on the Dean's list four consecutive years. While at UL, Melissa attended and performed at the 2005 and 2006 American College Dance Festival in Texas. Melissa was also a member of the UL Ragin Jazz Dance Team. She participated in UL's State of La Danse and An Evening of Dance, both as choreographer and dancer. Melissa also performed several character roles in UL's reconstruction of Mozart's The Magic Flute. Melissa has trained with Ballet Hysell in New Orleans under the direction of Harvey Hysell and the Academy of Performing Arts under the late Larella LaRouche-Pitts. Melissa is a graduate of Dance Masters of America Teacher's Training School in Buffalo, NY and is a member of Dance Masters of America and Louisiana Dance Masters.