Melissa is originally from Madison which is where she put on her first ballet shoes as a child and fell in love with movement. She later studied at the University of Utah and Indiana University, two esteemed schools for dance. After graduation Melissa danced professionally in Illinois and New York City. It was in New York that Melissa received certification through Stott Pilates and began teaching. She fell in love with holistic movement therapies and how they felt balance and freedom to the mind, body, and spirit. Melissa later earned her yoga certification through Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica. After moving back to Wisconsin she began teaching full time (yoga, Pilates, ballet, Pranassage) and feels fortunate to be able to share what she herself holds dear. She plans to be a life long learner in the field of integrative health and wellness. Melissa also “flies” with Cycropia Aerial Dance, enjoying the new challenge of taking dance to the air. But she feels the greatest dance of all is the one we have with ourselves, everytime we open our mats.