Melissa Gendreau began performing at an early age in theater, music and later dance. Professionally, Melissa studied primarily at the Dean College School of Dance, where she received her Baccalaureate Degree in Dance with a minor in business.
Post-graduation, Melissa spent 2 years performing in the Boston area with various dance companies, while starting her own company, Perceptions Dance. In 2009, Melissa moved to New York City to develop the company, which transformed from just a performance company to performance, education and presenting. The company has toured across the country, from Cape Cod, MA to San Francisco, CA, on such prestigious stages as the Joyce SoHo, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Dumbo Dance Festival, CoolNY, White Wave Festival, Boston University, the Davies Symphony Hall and many more. In 2011, the company was selected to perform at the prestigious 8th annual Fashion on the Square in San Francisco – a benefit for the San Francisco Arts Commission.
In 2010, Melissa founded the Perceptions Dance Festival in NYC, which is dedicated to creating high-quality performance opportunities for emerging and small dance companies and independent choreographers. The Festival has presented more than 40 national and international artists over 4 shows since 2010, providing artists with not only a stage and visibility, but career-boosting materials such as high resolution photos and video documentary.
In addition to dance, Melissa trained extensively in the Anya Method directly with the founder, Courtney Bauer. She spent several years teaching Anya signature group fitness classes, and private/semi-private Pilates equipment classes. Melissa also worked directly with Studio Anya as a consultant/contractor and Director to develop the business, and helped to launch their online programming called The Sagebook, a method for students and trainees to study and practice the dense curriculum.
Melissa has taught dance across the northeast to children, adults and professionals as a resident instructor, guest artist, and master trainer.
We are so excited to have Melissa join our KCPA family! We know that with her professionalism, excellence and youthful enthusiasm she will become a beloved member of our growing KCPA family. She will be teaching during part of our Dance Intensive next week so don’t miss out!
Looking forward to a great year,