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Melissa Emrico, originally from the Washington DC area, started training in classical ballet at the tender age of 12. Just after 6 months of ballet, she was then accepted into the illustrious Dance Theatre of Harlem's residency program. After several months of studying with Dance Theatre of Harlem, she was quickly accepted into The Washington Ballet on a full scholarship.

She continued her training with both companies for three more years then made the decision to transition into musical theatre. One of her first and favorite roles was "Cassandra" a mysterious, elegant feline in the national tour of Cats. The national and international tour of "FAME: The Musical" also allowed Melissa the opportunity to travel and perform all over the world.

Currently residing in Los Angeles, "Dina," her moniker given to her by the controversial phenom, Lady Gaga, has ventured into commercial dance, feature film, and world tours. She has gone on tour with Lady Gaga and was a featured dancer in her video for "Marry The Night," as well as touring the world with A.R. Rahman, a multi-Grammy award winner and film composer who penned "Jai Ho." Other performances she is proud of are television shows such as "So You Think You Can Dance," "Dancing With the Stars," and feature films like "Gnomeo and Juliet" and "Step Up."

Her teaching style revolves around the classic structure of ballet as she claims ballet is "where it starts." Melissa encourages dancers to "go back to basics," while indulging in modern performance.





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