Melinda Blomquist is a member of the Dance faculty in the Health and Kinesiology Department at The University of Texas Pan American. Melinda teaches Modern and Ballet Technique, Music for Dancers, Dance Theory: Ballet and Modern, Dance in the Public Schools, Repertory, Improvisation, Chorography I and Choreography II. Since the Fall of 2000 Melinda has worked with the UTPA Dance Ensemble as a director and choreographer for the company. Melinda has performed in Alaska, Arizona, Utah, Arkansas, Georgia, Wisconsin and Texas since 1994; performing in her own work and in works by choreographers Chris Morin, Tamara Schreiber, Wally Cardona, and Barbra Grubel. Melinda has also worked as a choreographer for Musical Theatre productions including Fiddler on the Roof and Good News. Melinda served as the Dance Performance – Chair for SDAAHPERD in 2005-2006 and is a member of the Texas State Board for Educator Certification in Dance. Melinda is involved in community outreach, focusing on promoting the importance of dance as art form in public education. She has taught workshops and master classes throughout the Rio Grande Valley to students and teachers at the Elementary, Middle and High School levels. Prior to coming to UTPA Melinda taught dance in the public schools and was a dancer and choreographer for local and regional companies in Alaska and Arizona. Melinda has received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance from Brigham Young University; a Master of Arts in Dance from Brigham Young University and graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.