Melissa Kidd has over 3 decades of training in the areas of ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary/lyrical, pom, hip hop, kick and acro as well as over 15 years of instruction/choreography experience in over 30 studios and schools across the country.
Melissa’s training includes training under the Cincinnati Ballet and members of the New York City Ballet and Boston Ballet. Ms Kidd also received Training under Finis Jhung and Michael Vernon (Royal Ballet/NYC Ballet), Savion & Abron Glover (tap-broadway production of ‘Bring in Da Noise’), Bill Hoataling (jazz/contemporary/theater-STEPS and Broadway Dance Center in New York), Joe Lanteri (jazz- Julliard, NYCDA, MTV), Byron Carter (Hip Hop-Beyonce, Mary J Blige), Tre Holloway (Justin Bieber, NIcki Manaj, Black Eyed Peas), Mia Michaels (Contemporary-SYTYCD), and many other big names in dance. She also danced and trained under the Manhattan Dance Project during the year of their very first tour.
Melissa has choreographed for Cincinnati based ROJO PRODUCTIONS and a tour for the rapper ‘Gyfted’. She has also choreographed and performed shows for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Her choreography has also been featured on ESPN and Fox Sports Network. She owned and operated a competitive studio for 9 years, started dance programs in 3 Cincinnati Schools and led them to place in the top 10 in the nation at the NDTC in Orlando for several years in a row.
Melissa holds multiple certifications in choreography, technique, judging and early childhood dance education.
Dancers that have trained under Ms. Kidd have gone on to dance on cruise lines, Broadway and off Broadway productions, NBA dance teams, University of Cincinnati, CCM of UC, University of Kentucky, Florida State University, Exhale Dance tribe, Hallmark movie productions, music videos, and many more universities and professional positions in the dance industry.
After a long career as an instructor Melissa now enjoys splitting her time between teaching and traveling the country judging competitions and teaching master classes. Melissa judges for over 25 event producers each season and serves as a judge recruiter and trainer.