Melissa Lia (Bachelor of Primary Education)

Melissa began dancing at the age of 4 with Julie Ryan Dancers. Throughout her dancing years she trained in all facets of theatrical dance including Classical, Jazz, Tap, musical theatre, singing as well as drama, mime and speech. Melissa competed in many local, metropolitan and interstate eisteddfods, winning many awards and scholarship places.

Melissa studied Australian Teachers of Dancing syllabus and was an Honours student in both Classical Ballet and Tap examinations. She was a cast member in many local theatre productions with the Latrobe Theatre Company including Oliver!, Open Season, Annie and Macbeth “a rock opera".

Melissa began teaching all facets of theatrical dance in 2004 and joined the JRD faculty in 2005. She has extensive experience choreographing for solo, duo and troupe eisteddfod students, annual concert work, local events and fashion shows, school productions and recitals. Her student's have been very successful at many eisteddfods and festivals throughout victoria and interstate.

Melissa brings the added benefit of being a primary school teacher, gaining her Bachelor of Primary Education from Monash University in 2007. She majored in Performing Arts and Health and Physical Education.

Melissa has successfully combined her years of dance training with the victorian primary school performing arts curriculum and has developed and implemented dance programs for many local primary schools, giving all children the opportunity to experience different genres of dance and performance.




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