About the director, Melissa Kelly-Lavoie
Born and raised in Timmins, Ontario, Melissa Kelly is a graduate of the Intensive Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School, and rewarded with a mark of Distinction. She began dancing at the tender age of five, and at the end of her training in Timmins, she obtained her teaching certificate with The Society of Russian Ballet. At NBS, she obtained her Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (I.S.T.D) certificate in National Dance and her Associate Diploma certification with the Cecchetti Society of Ballet. Melissa also trained with one of Toronto’s finest hip hop and tap artists, Shawn Byfield. She also undertook Latin classes in order to add diversity to her training. Towards the end of her studies in Toronto, she also obtained her Full-Membership certification with the Canadian Dance Teachers Association (CDTA). Melissa also holds her full certification with the Acrobatic Arts and received her certificate for Progressive Ballet Technique. The intense three year Teacher Training program allowed her to study in direct relation with professional dance artists. Dancers and teachers from all over the world attend this school and it produces only the finest dance educators in North America. With over thirty years of dance training, Melissa continues to pursue her passion by bringing her expanded knowledge to the Northern community of Timmins. With the ever constant evolution in dance, Melissa thrives to stay on top of what is new and fresh. She attended the Summer in L.A. program for 2 years hosted by Be Discovered as well as the Broadway Bound Program in New York City. She promises the highest quality of dance training to all who love to dance!