Coach, Apprentice Company
Melissa was introduced to aerial silks in 2014 in Columbia, Missouri when her gym started offering a beginner class and instantly fell in love with the unique art form and its challenging nature. Her background in gymnastics and choreography, interest in performance art, and dedication to training and lifting outside of the aerial studio enabled her to build up the strength, stamina and flexibility required for aerial arts. She performed in her first showcase less than a year after starting her aerial journey and, after obtaining her personal training certification, was able to begin teaching aerial silks classes in order to help grow the aerial community in Columbia. Melissa helped to run CoMo Aerial Arts, a small, but growing aerial organization, for the remainder of her time in Columbia. She performed professionally with CoMo Aerial Arts until her move to Blue Springs, Missouri in the summer of 2017 when she found Lucia Aerial Performing Arts. She auditioned on a whim and was lucky enough to begin apprenticing at Lucia/KCAA soon after.
Outside of the studio, Melissa is a Graphic Designer and enjoys spending her free time with pug Charlie and friends.
Melissa is available for private instruction in Silks and Conditioning.