Melissa Snow graduated in 2016 with honors from James Madison University’s School of Theater and Dance. She began her study of dance at age three in her hometown of Fredericksburg, Virginia. She has trained in ballet, Pointe, tap, jazz, musical theatre, and modern/contemporary dance, as well as partnering in ballet and modern. Further she has taught all age levels and types of dance during high school, college, and post graduation career. As a freshman at JMU she represented her class at the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While attending JMU Melissa performed pieces in the Fall and Spring Student Dance Concerts. Both of her originally choreographed pieces, “Empire of Hurt” and “Uncharted Territory”, were shown in the Student Dance Concerts along with both being performed on Mainstage for the Contemporary Dance Ensemble concert. As a sophomore she became a member of the Contemporary Dance Ensemble and performed in New Voices in Dance. As a member of the Ensemble she performed in “Out of Frame” a piece that was performed at the Route 11 Dance Festival in Lexington, Virginia, which was chosen to open during the final night for the Trey McIntyre Project. Melissa became a member of the JMU Virginia Repertory Dance Company in 2014 and performed in Dancescapes on the Mainstage and again in December 2015. As a member of the repertory company Melissa has had the opportunity to work with choreographers, Christopher K. Morgan, Eluza Santos, Karen Reedy, Emily Oleson, Pam Pietro, Laurie Eisenhower, Danah Bella, and John Dixon. Outside of school Melissa has attended summer intensives with the Jose Limon Company and Christopher K. Morgan. In the spring of 2016 Melissa traveled with the Virginia Repertory Dance Company and showed their works in Martinique. While in Martinique she had the opportunity to teach dance and interact with local students. She attended the American College Dance Festival (ACDA) in West Virginia in March 2016 and was honored to perform in the adjudicated concert. The piece “scattered. places.” was further chosen to be performed in the Gala that night. Since graduation Melissa has continued refining her craft with DanceArtTheater, a modern dance company, in Northern Virginia. Melissa has performed all over Northern Virginia and in DC with DanceArtTheater and is proud to continue to push her dance technique and grow as an artist with the company. Recently having joined Dancin’ Unlimited Jazz Dance Company in September 2019 has brought another exciting and challenging outlet for her love of dance and she cannot wait to push herself further in jazz and musical theatre technique.