Director of Marketing- Dance Instructor
Melissa Cooper was born and raised in Santa Clarita, California where she started dancing at the age of three. Her love of dance grew quickly and she began competing on the highly competitive company at Dance Studio 84 and went on to dance for the national champion Hart Dance Team. In 2009 Melissa moved to Colorado to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder where she received a degree in History. After getting settled in Colorado, Melissa knew there was a hole in her life where dance should be and she began teaching as much as possible. She has taught at many studios in Colorado, is a former staff member at National Dance Alliance, and has coached poms for 4 years. After years of teaching, she has developed a passion for helping dancers understand how to use their body in a way that makes sense to them. Melissa loves to challenge dancers to constantly improve and work hard while still empowering them and allowing them to develop their confidence. As a teacher, she has come to understand that each dancer learns differently and has worked hard to develop techniques that her dancers can relate to. In 2013 Melissa's hard work paid off when she was recognized with NDA's “Best Teacher” Award after her first season with the company. Though she loves to perform and fine tune her own craft as a dancer, Melissa has a true passion for teaching that she loves to share with dancers of all ages. Melissa is so excited to be working at MOVE by Morelli!