Originally from Montreal, Canada, Melissa Panetta is a professional dancer trained in all disciplines of dance. She is currently training at the Hubbard Street Professional Training Program (HSPro) in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to joining HSPro, Melissa danced with the professional company Thodos Dance Chicago. During her debut season at Thodos Dance Chicago, Melissa had the opportunity to perform the principal role of Helen Keller in Thodos’ original story ballet A Light in the Dark – the story of Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller. She also performed Brian Eno’s Acid Reign, Shannon Alvis’ Sunrise, and the remount of Bella Lewitzky’s Nos Duraturi. Prior to Thodos Dance Chicago, Melissa danced professionally with a Vancouver based company entitled DezzaDance, where she worked closely with artistic director Desiree Dunbar performing in multiple repertoire shows.
In May 2016, Melissa graduated from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours with Distinction) majoring in dance and minoring in kinesiology. Melissa has also been privileged to work alongside multiple choreographers and perform in various shows and events including the remounting of Merce Cunnngham’s Native Green, Crystal Pite’s Singularity, Gioconda Barbuto's Cortical Shifts, and Wen Wei Wang’s Y?Y?Y?
Melissa is thrilled to be part of the DancerMusic team!
Florian Lochner and Alice Klock understand the importance — and possibilities — of collaboration. For their first full length show “A FLOCK Evening", they shared not only insightful information about all four pieces in the show, but their exciting future plans for FLOCK. Here’s what they told us:
Dezza Dance's performance of "Deep Roots" will take place on April 5th and 6th at Vancouver's Aberthau Mansion / West Point Grey Community Centre. DancerMusic's Melissa Panetta had the chance to speak with Desirée Dunbar, and here's what she told us.
Canadian choreographer Wen Wei Wang has been creating award winning dance for years, and DancerMusic's Melissa Panetta had the chance to speak with him about his work "Dialogue", which is on tour across Canada now. Here's what he told us:
Unique, intriguing, and compelling are three words that come to mind when describing Alice Klock. There are a lot of different sides to the Chicago-based artist; Alice is a dancer, a painter, as well as a choreographer. I recently got the opportunity to work with Alice on one of her newest creations with Hubbard Street’s Professional Program (HS Pro). During the process I chatted with her about her choreographic exploration and perspective as an emerging female choreographer. Here is what she told us:
When it comes to dance, Shannon Alvis has pretty much done it all! Not only has she danced with two of the most renowned companies in the world - Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC) and Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT), she was also a recipient of the Joffrey Ballet’s Winning Work’s Choreographic Competition in 2017. I got the chance to chat with Shannon about some of her most pivotal moments in her career as well as what she is working on next. Here is what she told us: