About Melanie

Melanie was born in Windhoek/Namibia and grew up in Germany where she trained in RAD Ballet, ISTD Tap and Modern and Jazz dance until completing her education at the LONDON STUDIO CENTER  in London/UK as well as at Dance New Amsterdam in New York. 

The love for Jazz Dance grew quickly and fonldy and her style and technique ws formed by the finest of Jazz Dance Artists like Lynn Simonson and Katiti King (NYC), Jacki Mitchell and Jason Pennycooke (London), as well as Dick O’Swanborn, Chesse Rijst, Martin Mathias, artists of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and many others through lots of international training courses.

 

She has worked onstage as a Dancer/Dance Captain for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines for many years, cruising the world which enabled her to gain international experience of the different markets and dance styles. In between she worked on many different projects within the UK and Europe, she choreographed the Italian Tour of BEATLES-THE MUSICAL for Palketto Stage/Milan as well as the tour FLASHDANCE in 2016, furhter Musicals like Aida, Chicago, Grimm, Fame, Mary Poppins and many more.

 

She was a Company member to ‘BOP – Body of People’, Dollie Henry's Jazz Dance Theatre Company based in London, she choreographed for regional Theatre shows, Charity events and Community projects within all of Europe alike. She was on the judging panel of Dubai International Dance Competition, Dance World Cup Spain, in the Cast of SPAMALOT at ETA Hofmann Theater/Bamberg, is an Ensemble mamber of Landestheater Oberfranken since 2017, she did various TV and Filmprojects , most recently as a dancer on the successful SKY TV Production of BABYLON BERLIN.


In 2014 she returned to Germany and now lives with her husband Paul on the outskirts of Bamberg working as a Dancer, Choreographer and Teacher giving regular classes and workshops both for amateurs as well as for professionals in Germany and Europe.

Melanie feels most at home on and around the stage, having stepped onto the stage for the first time at the age of 5. That love affair is lasting until now!

She fulfilled her childhood dream of running her own Dance Company in 2017 under the name of MDANCE COMPANY and she produced her first Show spectacle TAN-GO NIGHTS in Bamberg in 2019.

More Productions followed in 2020 TANZ UNLOCKED! and more Productions are in planning.

Dance & Choreography Work

Below are some highlights from Melanie's extensive Dance & Choreography Career in Germany and around the world. 

2018


Dance Alps Festival, St Johann/Tirol Teacher Musical Course, Beg and Adv. Theatersommer Oberfranken, Ensemble Musical Heisse Zeiten‘ – Kareer Lady Beauville Arts, SARL, Frankreich Choreographer Musical ‘Hairspray’ 2018 Dance World Cup, Burgos/Spain Judge/Teacher Jazz Workshops alongside Competition Tanz Musical Akademie, Tirol Director ‘Aqua’ Tanztheater Up to Dance Festival Gladbeck Teacher Broadway Jazz ‘A Chorus Line’




2017


Up to Dance Festival Gladbeck Teacher Musical course “Fosse” Up to Dance Festival Gladbeck Dancer/Choreographer MDanceCompany ‘Human’ On Point Ballettschule Hassfurth Teacher Jazz/Musical “Fame” for Dance World Cup (1. place) 16/17 Medau School, Coburg/Germany Teacher Teachers course for Jazz




2016


2016 Jugendchor Reichelsheim, Choreographer Aida-the Musical SKY/ARD/X-Films, Dancer ‘Babylon Berlin’, TV Series/Germany Dance Alps Festival, Teacher Teachers Course for Ballet/Austria Beauville Arts, SARL/France Choreographer ‘West Side Story’ Motown and Soul, Dancer Motown and Soul, Linz-Austria Augsburger Wintertanztage, Teacher Jazz dance/Musical Dance




2015


Palketto Stage | Milan/CBA, UK | Choreographer Flashdance-The Musical (Italy Tour) Sam Films | Munich | Dancer Verrueckt nach Fixi‘, Movie 2016 Beauville Arts, SARL Choreographer ‘Chicago’, Nice/France Tanzprojekt Munich Teacher Jazz dance, open weekly classes Ballettstudio Roberts Teacher/Choreographer Jazz dance, Ballet, Tap E.T.A. Hoffmann Theatre, Bamberg Dancer/Ensemble Musical “Spamalot“ Erfurter Wintertanztage Choreographer/Teacher Erfurter Tanzhaus, Jazz dance/Tap Up to Dance Festival Choreographer/Teacher Up to Dance, Galdbeck, Jazz dance




2019


Tan-go Nights - Ein Tanzspektakel MDance Company Production/Bamberg Dance Alps Festival, St Johann/Tirol Teacher Musical Course, Beg and Adv. Theatersommer Oberfranken, Ensemble Musical Heisse Zeiten‘ – Kareer Lady - Re-Run Beauville Arts, SARL, Frankreich Choreographer Musical ‘Oliver' and ' The greatest Show' and 'Fame' Up to Dance Festival Gladbeck Teacher Showjazz 'Natural' - MDance Company Repertoire