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Karina Browne
Director of Dance Studies

(kbrowne@ndc.edu)

 

Richard Oaxaca
Assistant Director of Dance Studies

(roaxaca@ndc.edu)

 

Melissa Bertolone
Choreographer-in-Residence for Mercury Theatre Company

Melissa Bertolone is a choreographer and performer in the Cleveland/Akron/Canton Area. Performing since age four, Melissa is trained in dance fundamentals, music theory, vocal performance, choreography, tap, jazz and ballet. She began pursuing her love of hip hop in 2004 and has continued training and teaching under industry professionals in both New York and LA in hip hop specific styles such as house, waacking, street jazz and jazz funk. As a dancer she has been featured on BET’s Wild Out Wednesday, Best of the Best and Revamped, along with many stage productions throughout greater Cleveland. She continues to train at Broadway Dance Center and loves expanding her knowledge of the ever-evolving hip-hop genre.

Melissa remains involved in the theatre community, choreographing for and performing with many theatres both near and far. Her work has most recently been seen at Virginia Musical Theatre, Olmstead Performing Arts, Mercury Theatre Company and Caryl Crane Youth Theatre.

In addition to serving as the hip hop instructor at Turning Pointe School of Dance, Melissa proudly serves as Artistic Director for the studio’s hip hop performance crew, UniverSoul Beat. She is grateful for the ongoing opportunity to work with such a talented and dedicated group of instructors and students!