There is something so personal about working in a studio setting, especially when it’s with the next generation of up and coming dance artists.
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Melena has an innate ability to quickly develop a comfortable, honest and trusting relationship with the actors, singers and dancers she progresses during the creation process. Be it behind the camera or for live stage productions, Melena is experienced in coaching stars, icons, actors and singers in their choreography and movement. She is proficient in progressing their level of comfort in conjunction with the staging and sequencing. The steps may then begin to flow as dialogue, and an authentic connection is built to the movement. Melena has worked with many entertainers including the late, Robin Williams, Chris Katan, Elvira ‘Mistress of the Dark’, Coco of E!’s ‘Ice Loves Coco’, Sofia Carson, Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, BooBoo Stewart, Big Bird, Elmo & the list goes on…
Sharing and passing down knowledge is an inspiring role. And to know you are playing a part in the shaping of an artist’s talent and craft is not a task I take casually. Exploring new and different ways to instill confidence and communicate ideas that will help mold and shape the next generations of dancers to flourish is a welcomed challenge to me with gratifying rewards.
For over 20 years Melena has enjoyed sharing her passion and knowledge for all that is dance with every aspiring dance artist she encounters. She has taught and adjudicated extensively throughout Canada, the United States, Australia and Mexico. Whether it's a large-scale convention, summer intensive, Guest Master Class, choreography or private session, Melena is experienced and well equipped for it all. She excels in teaching a variety of styles given, her expansive vocabulary. Street Jazz/ Jazz Funk, Hip Hop, Locking, House, Jazz, Musical Theater, Heels, Lyrical and Pilates (yes, she's certified in that too), are genres she finds herself educating largely on. Melena enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge for all that is dance with every aspiring dance artist she encounters.