My aim is to give every person I teach the opportunity for growth strength and self confidence. I am very passionate about sharing and exchanging the knowledge and skills I have gathered through all my experiences, with others who have an interest and are keen to learn. When teaching I like to address the human being first and foremost, then the dancer, and then the career/industry. I create a fun, enjoyable but disciplined space for my students to train, create, and play within, and I will always keep a good energy and vibe throughout.
Before your first lesson we will discuss your dance experience up to date, create a structure for your lessons tailored to you based on your ability, aims/goals.
Dance lesson plan
-dance style knowledge, foundations/grooves and technique
-breaking down moves/steps with isolations/rhythms
-creating combinations of moves/steps
-learning choreographed routines based on the style of dance/dance level
-freestyle, improvisation inc movement, grooves and vibes
-end of session reflection/evaluation
I am a professional performing artist, choreographer, and dance teacher. I have 8+ years of experience teaching all ages from kids to adults at all levels. I specialise in Street Dance/Hip-hop/Commercial but also teach contemporary, jazz, musical theatre, and fitness. I trained in musical theatre and dance at The Brit School, Urdang Academy and Bodywork Dance Studio Cambridge. I have also worked professionally both in the UK and internationally as a performer in theatre, film, and tv.
Prices for 1-2-1 dance lessons
Online lessons via zoom
Lessons at your location
Discounted packages available
Lesson plans/courses available
Private groups/birthday parties/wedding dance/corporate bookings include an additional fee please contact me for specific rates and packages available.
Free trial sessions are from my location ONLY
Melissa trained at The BRIT School, Urdang Academy and later went on to train at Bodywork Dance Studios having been awarded a full scholarship. Her credits include:
Some Like It HipHop (Zoonation), East Wall (Hofesh/Tower of London), Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing (Robby Graham/GDIF), Breakin Convention (Sadler’s Wells), Gareth Pugh S/S18 (Wayne McGregor), ADIDAS, Art on the Underground (TFL), NIKE, Ray Blk, Face of Move It 2018 (Excel London), Louise Gray S/S19, Lucozade, Lezarts Urbains (Des Beaux Arts Brussels); Les Alliances Urbaines (Theatre Victor Hugo; Paris), Spin Off (Melkweg, Amsterdam), ICON (Stratford Circus), Rasta Mouse (CBBC), Disneyland Paris, Peter Pan (SM Cebu), All Stars (Vertigo Films).
Dance Teacher, Choreographer| One Youth Dance | The Place London| LAGAD | Ark Academy London| OYD Summer School | Hoxton Hall London| Education First Camp | Clare College Cambridge| Base Dance Studio | East Wall | The Tower of London | Move It 2018| Excel London| Bodywork Dance Studios | Relentless | The Clayton Hotel
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Perfect! Melissa is a charming, calm, skilled teacher who really enjoys breaking everything down and takes pleasure in the progress we are making together. I didn't think I could get so far so quickly but with Melissa's encouragement and patience I'm learning a lot and feeling real changes in my body and confidence. Her joy for dancing is contagious. I really love my lessons. We do them on zoom and they're the best part of my day while in quarantine. I'll definitely continue afterwards but I have to say it's making indoor fitness a pleasure and a fun challenge right now. I feel really lucky I found her. Thanks for everything, Melissa! Xx
Deborah is very determined to improve in her dancing, and her hard work and commit is paying off with the huge progress she has made so far
Perfect! Melissa is kind and energetic. She listens to me and tailors our sessions so that I can get the most from them.
Had a good couple of sessions, she is a pleasure to teach!
Perfect! At the beginning, I only wanted to take a few lessons to get more comfortable with dancing at parties and in clubs, but Melissa has been able to transmit her passion for dancing and I now find myself with a new hobby! I really look forward to every class I take.
Thierry has been a pleasure to teach, he is open to try new things and has made lots of improvement in dance over the weeks. He has built a good foundation in dance, and in his musicality and natural style!
Perfect! Melissa is an incredible dancer and her energy is infectious, what a fantastic teacher!!!
Oya was so lovely to teach, she has great energy and enthusiasm. We had a fun first session!
Perfect! Amazing dancer and teacher. Very kind and patient with my daughter. I’d highly recommend her. My daughter loves her
Eva is a great dance student, she works hard each week, practises in between lessons, and takes on corrections very well. She accepts every challenge, and has progressed massively in her pick up and execution of movements/choreography
Perfect! I am very happy with Melissa as my 1-on-1 tutor. She's very passionate about dancing and teaching dance movements. She would go an extra mile just so I could learn my fav choreograph that's out of her style! She always creates a vibe and environment you need in order to learn dancing in the best way possible. My dance lessons with her were never dull. Apart from being talented at a young age, she's full of experience and will push you to your limits. I'm glad she's my tutor. Would definitely recommend her to anyone!
Indi is a great dance student who works hard, perseveres through challenges, and has lots of energy. She is a pleasure to teach!
Perfect! Melisa is an excellent dancer, she helped my daughter to prepare an audition of which she had a very successful acceptance thanks to her classes. they spent a whole month preparing everything and everything was worth it. Thanks Melissa
Diana's daughter had a private dance lesson with me. Her daughter was very polite, super talented, and picked up the choreography I taught her very quickly. She has good attention to detail and great energy!
Perfect! Melissa is such a great teacher, her energy is amazing and her passion for dance really shows. Have regained so much confidence through these lessons!
Shakira is a pleasure to teach. She pushes herself in every dance lesson, and has great energy!
Perfect! Great friendly teacher, good energy , highly recommended
Taher and his daughter are both a pleasure to teach dance to. They are both motivated and have good energy!
Perfect! Melissa has been a great teacher so far and I can’t wait to continue having classes with her! She makes me feel completely at ease and breaks everything down to my level to make it personal to my needs.
Ellie is a lovely student, she is keen on learning and pushing herself and a pleasure to teach
Melissa helpt us to prepare for our modern wedding dance. She adapted the choreography for us and coached us all the way.
Melissa is a great and very knowledgeable coach and high energy. We had a lot of fun preparing the dance. Highly recommended!
Not only is Melissa an incredible dancer but also a great teacher, the combination of which is rather hard to come across.
I’ve been greatly enjoying my lessons with her mostly for her expertise, individual approach and general enthusiasm and passion towards both dance and music.
I had my first trial lesson with Melissa and she is amazing at what she does. She made me feel comfortable , safe and she really patient . Overall she is a best teacher I’ve had so far and will be coming back for weekly sessions.
Melissa is very versatile she does all styles of dance. She does it all !! & she super sweet x
Highly recommend her
Melissa is a lovely dance teacher and inspiration. She makes sure that everyone’s questions are answered, goes through routines at a comfortable pace, by breaking down steps and is extremely encouraging. This allowed many people to discover their own creative style as dancers as they were in a comfortable environment to develop confidence in order to improve. The most inspiring part about Melissa as a tutor is her passion and drive in dance, and helping people to fall in love with dance the same way she has.
Because she is kind hearted and very generous, whenever I've been stuck on a dance move she takes the time to go through it properly so I understand whay to do, she hasn't got one bad bone in her body she's a breath of fresh air to be around with
Melissa is all rounded dancer whose passion and love for sharing with others creates such a beautiful energy. She is great teacher who has years of knowledge and experience. She is fun full of energy and such an inspiring, positive and uplifting person. Melissa classes will take you through a fun upbeat warm up with fitness, stretch and conditioning, led by hip hop/street dance/contemporary infused choreography to a selected song within her huge range of music selection, and sometimes she plays with dance/movement creative exercises to get our creative juices flowing.
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