Melissa Hinz- Born in western Montana, Melissa has been passionately dancing, singing, and loving the creative process for most of her life. She trained and performed with the Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre under the direction of Charlene Campbell Carey before studying on full scholarship at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
After two years training and preforming in Chicago, she spent seven years in New York City working professionally as a dancer and musical theatre performer. Favorite performance credits include the national tour of The Will Rogers Follies and the following regional productions: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), 42nd Street, Crazy For You, South Pacific, Mary Poppins, Annie Get Your Gun, Damn Yankees, Gypsy Love, and Kismet.
In NYC she studied with many master teachers at Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, and Circle in the Square Theatre School. She also attended the Broadway Theatre Project directed by Ann Reinking and received her Yoga Teaching Certification from Laughing Lotus NYC.
She's proud to have been an original company member of the House of the Roses directed by Jeff Shade, performing in their first show at Symphony Space in NYC.
Since moving to Humboldt County to live with the love of her life, she's become a choreographer, teacher, and producer. She was a guest teacher for the Vienna International Ballet Experience (VIBE) (USA and Austria) and Ballet Beyond Borders (USA). She has won gold, silver, and bronze as competitor and choreographer at VIBE & BBB.
Favorite chorography credits include: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Mary Poppins, Damn Yankees, Singing in the Rain, Wizard Of Oz Ballet, West Side Story Excerpts, and many original works. She has had the pleasure of passing on her training and experiences through teaching at local studios in Humboldt County and beyond.