Melissa began her dance training at Fort Lauderdale Ballet Classique under the direction of Magda Anuon and Dana Williams. Melissa then joined the academy of Ballet Florida at the age of ten and became a member of their pre professional division. While there she studied ballet under the direction of Francia Kulchar, Ruth Petronovic and Claudia Cravey. During her time with Ballet Florida Melissa had the privilege of performing with the company in such ballets as The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Lady of the Camellias and Romeo and Juliet. Melissa has also attended summer intensives at the Rock School, Ballet Florida, Boston Ballet and Houston Ballet. After leaving Ballet Florida in 1998 at the age of 17, Melissa returned to dance with Dana Williams and has been performing, teaching and Choreographing with Ballet Elite since the doors opened.