As a trainer, Melissa has developed her own curriculums for teaching and believes this to be a mark of a safe teacher who invests time, thought, and experience into their students. She loves to coach, choreograph, and give her students tools to create as she sees them grow into their abilities. She views her training as having holistic approach and she values both expression and demands intentionality with form, effort, and gesture. Melissa wrote and created her own trapeze teaching dvd and teaches aerial retreats in North and Central America.
Sky Gym, Atlanta, GA —Trainer
April 2012 - PRESENT
Melissa has been a trainer at Sky Gym since it opened in Sandy Springs teaching silks, trapeze, aerial yoga, act development, choreography, and more! She helped develop the curriculum with other teachers and has studied how the curriculums work of the past 5+ years.
Dances In Air , Atlanta, GA —Owner, Trainer
Jan 2009 - Present
Aerial retreats and Training DVDs- Melissa Develops concepts,scripts, creates websites, marketing, videos, pricing, sells and produces all offerings. She is a trainer at the retreats as well.
Kinetic Hive, Atlanta, GA —Co-founder, Trainer
2010 - 2015
Melissa was trainer and co-founder of this beltline movement and aerial studio.
Pera Dance Studio, Atlanta, GA —Trainer
2008 - 2010
Melissa led weekly practice jams in a dance studio when there was nowhere to practice in Atlanta for two years.
InstituteYogaSchool, CostaRica- 200hourYTT
March 2018 -pending paperwork
Lotus Palm, Montreal
Thai Yoga Massage 1+2 July 2015, November 2016 -pending paperwork
Sky Gym, Atlanta, GA - Teacher Training April 2012 - PRESENT
Silks teacher training
Circus Arts Institute ,Atlanta,GA— ACE certification
December 2015- pending paperwork
Beginner Silks ACE certification courses
First Aid/ CPR , Atlanta, GA — first aid/ CPR
1994, 2015, 2018
Various Aerial Teacher training , Atlanta, GA —
courses Melissa took courses in teacher training and was a test student for a variety of teacher
trainings including Paper Doll Militia and Marina Luna.
Rigging, Atlanta,GA— various
Melissa took courses in rigging from a variety of teachers including Fight or flight Ent, Delbert Hall, Jonathan Conant, and spent a year and a half shadowing rigging under other aerial teachers when she first began performing.
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