Melissa Anderson, a native of Milwaukee, has performed in Soloist and Principal Roles with companies as diverse as the Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Teatro Municipal de San Juan, Southern Ballet Theatre (now the Orlando ballet), Michigan Opera Theater and the Icelandic National Ballet, among others. Currently she enjoys dancing with Danceworks Performance Company, a modern dance ensemble directed by Dani Kuepper. Melissa is also devoted to sharing her love of dance with others through Master Classes and Residencies in dance schools throughout the country. She created and developed an ongoing Creative Movement and Dance for Physically Handicapped funded by Very Special Arts in Minnesota. She has also been involved in ACE (Art in Community Education) sponsored by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, a program that takes ballet and music into the public schools. Melissa is a Lecturer in the Dance Department at UWM teaching various levels of ballet. She recently enjoyed teaching and choreographing for the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, Dance Masters of Wisconsin, Texas Association Teachers of Dance, Milwaukee High School of the Arts, and Wauwatosa East High School. She has been featured in Dance Magazine's Dancer Online Chat, and in Dance Teacher Magazine.