Melodee Zay is the owner and director of DeLarue Dance Centre. Melodee has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in
Dance from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and teacher's certification from Dance Masters of America
in the styles of Ballet, Tap, and Jazz.
While at the University of Louisiana she was a choreographer and teacher for DeLarue Dance Centre and the
Universal Dance Association as well as choreographer and coach of the nationally ranked Lafayette High
Dance Team from 2003-2006. In the summer of 2004 she received a scholarship and attended the American
Dance Festival at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.
In 2006 Melodee moved to New York where she continued her dance education, performed at various venues
including Judson Church, New York City Center, and Alvin Ailey. Melodee moved back to Lafayette in 2009 to
become the Dance Director at L.J. Alleman Middle School. She taught at L.J. Alleman from 2009-2016 while
continuing to teach at DeLarue Dance Centre.