Melissa was born in Sydney Australia. She graduated from The Australian Ballet School and joined The Australian Ballet Company. She then joined The West Australian Ballet where she performed many main roles including one of her favorite roles Swanhilda in Coppelia.
Melissa wanted to get a taste of an overseas company, so she joined the Alberta Ballet company performing many ballets including George Balanchine’s Serenade, Romeo and Juliet, Kirk Petersons Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Edmund Stripes Nutcracker, Christopher Wheeldons A Midsummer’s Nights Dream, Yukichi Hattoris Tubular Bells, Emily Molnars Songs of a Wayfarer.
She has also performed in The Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Elton John’s Love Lies Bleeding, Joni Mitchells Fiddle and The Drum and Sarah McLachlan’s Fumbling Towards Ecstasy.
After working with The English National Ballet and The Bolshoi Ballet, Melissa was excited to return to West Australian Ballet in 2012.
Her career highlights include playing Swanhilda in Chrissie Parrott’s Coppelia, Miss Drosselmeyer in Ivan Cavallari’s The Nutcracker (2012) and the pas de deux with Christian Luck in Gary Stewart’s The Centre and its Opposite (2012), Olga in Onegin (2013), the pas de trios in Voluntaries at Ballet at the Quarry 2013, Snow White in Snow White (2014) and the peasant pas de deux in Giselle (2014)
Did you know that as a young girl, Melissa starred as Ánnie in the stage musical Annie, and prior to moving to Canada was a finalist in ‘Face of Perth’ modelling competition.