Please join the Dance Department for the annual Spring Dance Concert featuring Melissa Sandvig of So You Thing You Can Dance fame, dancing the duet Immortal Beloved.
Melissa Sandvig is a California native. She began dancing at The Long Beach Ballet at the age of 5. From there she continued her training at Houston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Hartford Ballet, and The Milwaukee Ballet. At age 15 she won 2nd place in the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards for Classical Dance.
That same year she began dancing with the Los Angeles Classical Ballet, with which she toured to China and Taiwan performing a principal role in A Midsummer Night's Dream. After graduating high school Melissa was accepted into the Milwaukee Ballet Company and continued here career there for 6 years.
Now Melissa is a freelance performer in the Los Angeles area performing with companies such as the Sacramento Ballet, Helios Dance Theater, Luminario Ballet, Los Angeles Chamber Ballet, The Los Angeles Opera, Body Traffic and Motion Tribe. Melissa is one of few dancers privileged to perform Marie de la Palme's aerial piece "Le Coeur Illumine".
She is also a certified pilates instructor and a ballet teacher at the Long Beach Ballet where she began her journey in ballet. She has become a freelance master teacher as well as the ballet teacher on tour with Hollywood Vibe Dance Convention. Melissa is a finalist in Season 5 of "So You Think You Can Dance" and was the first classically trained ballerina ever on the show. She has also made an appearance as a ballerina on the hit show "Glee" and is continuing to pursue a career in acting by attending classes at the Gloria Gifford Conservatory.