owner . artistic director . instructor . choreographer.
After graduating with top honors from The Interlochen Academy of Arts, Melanie spent eighteen years dancing professionally with Cleveland Ballet, Washington Ballet, Chautauqua Ballet, and Das Ballett Augsberg, before returning to Grand Rapids Ballet as a principal dancer. As a professional she shared the stage with Rudolph Nureyev in Ireland and Scotland, performed for President Bill and First Lady Hillary Clinton, took center stage at the The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Sadler's Wells in London, the Joyce Theatre in New York, and on tours to France, Spain, Portugal, Hawaii, and throughout North America.
Working with legends in the dance world, such as Alonzo King, Violette Verdy, Suzanne Farrell, Melissa Hayden, Lupe Serrano, and Marcia Dale Weary, helped her refine her vision for a studio founded in traditional technique, while incorporating modern principles with a compassionate and encouraging approach. Training, instructing and choreographing for The Cleveland Ballet School, Washington School of Ballet, many West Michigan Public Schools, Wealthy Street Theatre, The Grand Rapids Ballet, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and Grand Valley State University Dance Department, all helped to shape her educational philosophy.
As a mother of two, Melanie knows that small class sizes, patience, clear communication and individual attention are key to each child's fulfillment. She models her school after her original instructor, coach, and role model, Nancy Baum, who too was dedicated to her students and traditional instruction taught with a kind heart.
Hannah began her dance training at the age of 3 at Conservatory for Dance Arts, and continued training at Happendance School of Dance, Class Act Studio of Dance, and Children’s Ballet Theatre of Michigan. Hannah competed locally and nationally as a soloist and group member for numerous companies in the Lansing area. At age 16, she began her ballet studies at Capital Ballet Theatre of Michigan where she performed solo roles in The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. Hannah attended Grand Valley State University (GVSU) where she received her Bachelor's of Science in Clinical Exercise Science and Dance. Hannah has studied with guest choreographers Amy Rose, Eddie Ocampo, Elizabeth Fadell, Jesse Powers, Joshua Manculich, Kathryn Alter, Leslie Scott, Marlayna Locklear, Mina Estrada, and Richard Bowman. In Fall of 2016, Hannah had the opportunity to perform with Francesca Harper Project. During her time at GVSU, Hannah was awarded with the Marlene Kenneway Love of Dance scholarship in 2016, attended Michigan Dance Festival, fulfilled an internship at Brighton Dance Festival, and presented her choreography at American Dance College Association Festival. In the Summer of 2017, Hannah worked with American Ballet Theatre in Austin, as a residential mentor. Outside of her time at Balletmore, Hannah works full-time as a Wellness Account Representative for OnSite Wellness.
Jacqueline began her dance training at the age of four under the direction of Beverly Babcock, a Royal Academy of Dance certified teacher. Babcock’s training led to Bishop attending a summer intensive at Canada’s National Ballet School, where she was accepted into the school. At the age of 11, Jacqueline moved to Toronto, Canada to train in NBS’s professional student program. For five years, she trained under artistic director Mavis Staines and various world renowned ballet faculty. Following her time at NBS, Jacqueline attended the Royal Winnipeg Summer Intensive for six weeks, then returned home to Michigan to train under Cornelia Sampson and perform with Michigan Ballet Theatre. During her time at Grand Valley State University, she received training by her professors Carrie Brueck Morris, Hannah Seidel, and Samantha Shelton as well as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in 2014 and Complexions Contemporary Ballet in 2015. Jacqueline earned her Bachelors of Arts in dance at GVSU in 2017 and is currently pursuing her Bachelor's of Business Administration in marketing, which she will earn in 2019.
Ciara began her training in Reno, Nevada at In Motion School of Dance and at her local high school. She competed across the West Coast and received invitations to join the modern dance company, Black Rock Dance Company, and ballet company, Sierra Nevada Ballet. She was also a member of the local contemporary dance company, Dysrhythmia Contemporary Dance. After high school, Ciara continued her dance training at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Throughout her college age years, she trained, performed, and taught dance in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Spain.
Ciara is currently completing her Dance Degree at Grand Valley State University while she teaches at balletmore and dances with the Grand Rapids Drive Dance Team.
Mackenzie is currently working to complete her BBA with majors in Management Information Systems and Dance at Grand Valley State University. Before her time at GVSU, Mackenzie trained extensively at Ann Parsley School of Dance where she completed Cecchetti ballet examinations through grade V and was awarded a student scholarship. She also studied ballet, modern and choreography at Arts Academy in the Woods, where she was the captain of the Dance Company and valedictorian of her class. Mackenzie is a former member of the Macomb Ballet Company and has performed in numerous pre-professional ballets including The Nutcracker and Snow White. She presented her work, Human Nature, at the Summer 2016 NewDANCEFest Choreography Showcase hosted by the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble. During her time in the GVSU Dance Program, Mackenzie has performed in guest artists, faculty, and student works. She also held the position of President for the student dance organization, MOMENTUM. Mackenzie is currently completing her business major requirements and will graduate this coming December 2018.
Natalie Nespoli Moreira
Natalie is a native of East Lansing, MI and received her undergraduate Vaganova training from Andrei Bossov and Natalya Getman of Bossov Ballet Theatre in Maine, as well as studying as a post-grad with Gelsey Kirkland in NYC.
Her professional career began with Columbia Classical Ballet of Columbia, SC. After two seasons with the company, she primarily resided on the east coast in the NYC and CT area freelancing and studying with a variety of teachers and styles to enrich both her dancing and teaching. Her residency in NYC and travels abroad inspired her to explore contemporary dance, and she continued exploring the modern dance world while dancing with Sarasota Contemporary Dance for 3 seasons. She continues to cherish the art of ballet and carries her love for it by teaching as much as she can!
She also continues to indulge in the opportunity to research the work that intrigues her and to find the resources to expand her movement vocabulary, explore storytelling, and find her own voice in the craft of choreography and improvisation. She values the day-to-day growth as an artist and sees the importance to share her excitement for her art in the classes she teaches. She is filled with appreciation for her students and the community she has become a part of!
Grace began her dance training at Zeeland High School under the direction of Nancy Clyde. During this time, she also studied ballet at Hearts In Step Dance Academy. She then went on to earn her Bachelor's of the Arts in Dance and Theatre from the University of Alabama. At U of A, she studied ballet, jazz, modern, musical theatre, and tap under renowned artists and choreographers such as Cornelius Carter, Qianping Guo, Rita Snyder, and Lawrence Jackson. During the Summer of 2015, she participated in the American Ballet Theatre Intensive at the University. Grace then spent the Spring of 2016 abroad studying modern dance and ballet at the University of Roehampton in London, UK. She has performed with Sanspointe Dance Company (Birmingham, AL), Theatre Tuscaloosa (Tuscaloosa, AL), and Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre (Tuscaloosa, AL). She performed in many original works as well as classical ballets including "The Nutcracker", "Giselle", and "Diane and Actaeon". Grace's choreographic career grew quickly beginning in high school and continued through college where her works were selected to be performed in many university productions. Grace has since moved home to West Michigan to ignite the love for dance in the next generation.
Jessica grew up studying at the Grand Rapids Ballet School & performed alongside the professional company as a member of the school's Senior Co. & international touring group. Jessica attended Grand Valley State University and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. As a member of GVSU’s Dance Ensemble, she performed soloist roles in works by artists Thang Dao of Thang Dao Dance Company, Patrick Corbin, Mary Beth Cabana of Ballet Tucson, and Michael Philips of Rioult. While at Grand Valley, Jessica was also member of GVSU's Laker Dance Team which competes nationally. After college, Jessica danced professionally as a member of MoreDances Contemporary Dance Co. (Detroit, MI), The Grand Rapids Dance Project (Grand Rapids, MI), The Dance Hall Twigs (Chicago, IL), & Deeply Rooted Dance Theater I & II (Chicago, IL). In addition to performing, Jessica spreads her love of dance through teaching.