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."
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.