ROTHESAY BALLET SCHOOL

Sylvia Logan   Artistic Director

Melissa Wright

Photo of Melissa WrightMelissa began her dance training at the age of 3 with Susan Arseneault's International School of Dance in St. George, New Brunswick. Melissa first studied tap and has progressed through the 10 grades in Al Gilbert's tap syllabus. She has also studied ballet, jazz, lyrical, step dance and Riverdance. Melissa has attended numerous dance workshops such as Dance Quest, Powerhouse dance in Fredericton, Dance Olympus in Boston, and the Dancing with the Stars workshop in Fredericton. Attending the Al Gilbert Dance Workshops, Melissa had the opportunity to learn tap from a master, Mr. Al Gilbert himself. In her 25 years of dance training, Melissa has also won numerous awards for tap dances at various competitions. Melissa began assisting with classes in tap, jazz, lyrical, and riverdance at the age of 13. She has been involved in teaching dance for the last 10 years at Susan Arseneault's International School of Dance and Katrina's Dance Works in St. Stephen, NB. Her performances include opening for Faith Hill in 1993, at the Blue Hill Fair in Blue Hill, Maine, in 2001 performing with John Sands at Imperial Theatre as a Celtic step dancer and performing for the last 9 years in the annual dance showcase at Imperial Theatre. Melissa was also Miss New Brunswick 2001 where she performed a Riverdance piece for her talent, and has been a featured entertainer at the pageant for the last 2 years. She also ran and implemented a summer dance program for children in Blacks Harbour for 3 summers as part of her job as recreation coordinator. In August of 2008, and August of 2010 Melissa was one of 10 tap dancers selected from across Canada to attend Shawn Byfield's week long tap dance intensive in Toronto, Ontario. While at these intensives, Melissa also had the opportunity to study with David Cox and Everett Smith from So You Think You Can Dance Canada.

Melissa also teaches grade 9 - 12 mathematics at Kennebecasis Valley High School.