Originally from Montreal, Canada, Melissa Panetta is a professional dancer trained in all disciplines of dance. She is currently dancing in Chicago, Illinois at the Hubbard Street Professional Program. Melissa got the opportunity to perform with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in their Fall and Winter Series and work alongside multiple choreographers including Peter Chu and Robyn Mineko Williams. Prior to joining the Hubbard Street Professional Program, Melissa danced with the professional company Thodos Dance Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. During her debut season at Thodos Dance Chicago, Melissa performed the principal role of Helen Keller in the story ballet A Light in the Dark. Melissa has also danced professionally with the Vancouver based company DezzaDance. Melissa began training at the young age of five. She competed in a variety of styles including ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, hip hop, and acrobatics where she received multiple national titles and scholarships. In May 2016, Melissa graduated from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours with Distinction) majoring in dance and minoring in kinesiology. Melissa has been privileged to work with multiple choreographers and perform in various shows including the remounting of Merce Cunnngham’s Native Green, Crystal Pite’s Singularity, Lesley Telford’s Nostos, and Wen Wei Wang’s Y?Y?Y? In addition, Melissa is an accomplished choreographer and teaching instructor throughout Canada. Receiving distinction in her R.A.D. Advanced 1 ballet exam, Melissa has taught dancers ages two to adult in a variety of genres. Melissa has also choreographed in many main-stage shows and in dance competitions across Ontario. Melissa is a dedicated emerging artist who hopes to share her passion of dance with the world.
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