Submitted by Brad Tombaugh on 19 November 2015 - 8:11pm

Melissa graduated from Arapahoe High School in the Littleton School District. She is now attending the Art Institute of Colorado, in their Culinary program, with a specialty in Baking and Pastry.

Melissa enjoyed going to her dance classes when she was younger, at the Academy of Colorado Ballet. She performed in the Academy's presentation of Handel's Messiah in November 2006 (above) and a production based on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in May 2006 (below). See more pictures here. Over the summer, Melissa played a part in the Academy of Colorado Ballet Musical Theater group's adaptation of Grease, Jr.

Melissa got to play a small part in the Colorado Ballet production of Dracula on October 19-22, 2006. Some backstage pictures can be found here. We also scanned some photos from one of the performances, courtesy of Colorado Ballet. She was very excited to have gotten two parts in the David Taylor Dance Theatre production of The Nutcracker that was presented at Lakewood Cultural Center in December, 2006. It is lots of hard work, but very rewarding! Several years ago she was one of the “Polichinelles” in the “Mother Ginger” scene in the Colorado Ballet production of the Nutcracker at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Center for Performing Arts. Melissa and some of the girls from the Academy of Colorado Ballet South appeared on the CW2 Morning News with reporter Chris Parente. Some of the video they shot is on their website at CW2, then click on The Nutcracker Returns in the Visits list.