About Melissa Panetta

Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Originally from Montreal, Canada, Melissa Panetta is a professional dancer trained in all disciplines of dance. She is currently training at the Hubbard Street Professional Training Program in Chicago, Illinois. Melissa got the opportunity to perform with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in both their Fall and Winter series. She has also been privileged to work with Peter Chu, Elia Mrak, Jonathon Alsberry, Shannon Alvis, Adam Barruch, Davide Di Pretoro, Meredith Dincolo, Glenn Edgerton, Anna Long, Kristina Isabelle, Troy Ogilvie, Jenna Pollack, and Alexandra Wells. Prior to joining the Hubbard Street Professional Training Program, Melissa danced with the professional company Thodos Dance Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. During her debut season at Thodos Dance Chicago, Melissa had the opportunity to perform the principal role of Helen Keller in Thodos’ original story ballet A Light in the Dark – the story of Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller. She also performed Brian Eno’s Acid Reign, Shannon Alvis’ Sunrise, and the remount of Bella Lewitzky’s Nos Duraturi.  Melissa has also danced professionally with the Vancouver based company Dezza Dance, where she worked closely with artistic director Desiree Dunbar and other local artists. 

In May 2016, Melissa graduated from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours with Distinction) majoring in dance and minoring in kinesiology. During her time at Simon Fraser University, Melissa worked alongside multiple choreographers and performed in various shows including the remounting of Merce Cunningham’s Native Green, Crystal Pite’s Singularity, Gioconda Barbuto’s Cortical Shifts, and Wen Wei Wang’s Y?Y?Y?

In addition, Melissa is an accomplished choreographer, instructor, and adjudicator throughout Canada. Melissa has taught dancers ages two to adult in a variety of genres. Melissa has also choreographed and adjudicated for many main-stage shows and in dance competitions across Ontario. Melissa is a dedicated emerging artist who hopes to share her passion of dance with the world.

What’s Next …

Film and Video

Watch various videos and films that explore a visual representation of Melissa’s artistic voice. Experience performances and studio work, and learn about how different ideas take form in movement …