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 under the finest of Jazz Dance Artists like Lynn Simonson and Katiti King, Dollie Henry, Jacki Mitchell and Jason Pennycooke as well as Dick O’Swanborn, Jesse Rijst, Hope Boykin (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre) Martin Mathias, Jorge Vasquez amongst many others.
Melanie 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. In between she worked on many different projects within the UK and Europe, choreographing the Italian Tour of BEATLES-THE MUSICAL for Palketto Stage/Milan as well as the tour FLASHDANCE in 2016.
She has and is actively teaching regular classes and workshops both for amateurs as well as for professionals and has choreographed for local and 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 and most recently seen as a dancer on the successful SKY TV Production of BABYLON BERLIN.
In 2014 she returned to Germany and lives with her Husband Paul on the outskirts of Bamberg working as a Dancer, Choreographer and Teacher within all of Germany and Europe. Melanie feels most at home on and around the stage also having been a former member to ‘BOP – Body of People’, Dollie Henry's Jazz Dance Theatre Company based in London.
2017 she started her own Dance Company under the name of MDance Company and she produced her first Show spectacle TAN-GO NIGHTS in Bamberg in 2019.
Dance & Choreography Work
Below are some highlights from Melanie's extensive Dance & Choreography Career in Germany and around the world.