Born and raised in Miami, Florida Melanie began dancing at the tender age of 4 and trained technically in all forms of dance. The acting bug hit her at age 9 and she landed 20 national commercials under her belt. She continued her dance training in Miami under famed choreographer Mia Michaels and became an NBA dancer for the Miami Heat. She moved to LA and booked multiple tours traveling the world with Pop Stars Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake and was the only dancer hired on PINK’s Missunderztood tour. She also danced on numerous Music Videos and Award Shows – The Grammy’s, Billboard Awards, American Music Awards, Kids Choice Awards, MTV VMA’s, Saturday Night Live, Dancing With The Stars and Good Morning America with Top artists – Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Jay-Z, Will Smith, Usher, Tina Turner, NSYNC, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Missy Elliot, Alicia Keys and Mariah Carey just to name a few. Melanie was the assistant to Emmy Award winning choreographer, Tyce Diorio for Taylor Swift on her sold out tour, The Red Tour. She also assisted Tyce Diorio on the past two seasons of So You Think You Can Dance and also worked on the last two seasons on The Voice as a movement and staging coach for the contestants.
Shifting into acting, Melanie has appeared on the big screen in The Muppets Movie, Charlie’s Angels II, The Hot Chick, Malibu’s Most Wanted, From Justin to Kelly, The Lincoln Lawyer next to Matthew McConaughey, a Guest-starring role on NBC’s Taxi Brooklyn, and the lead opposite Forest Whitaker in the new film City of Lies, also starring Johnny Depp. Currently, Melanie can be seen on the hit tv show All American, the newest season of Grey’s Anatomy and a recurring role on the upcoming Netflix tv show The Lincoln Lawyer. Incredibly passionate, Melanie continues to spread her love of performing and positivity around the world to inspire young dancers, actors, and singers to dream big and embrace their uniqueness!
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