HSPro’s Melissa Panetta and What to Look Forward to in Hubbard Street’s “Space, In Perspective


“… we are looking to create a new audience experience of contemporary dance that is bold, adventurous, and forward thinking …”

Johnny Nevin interviews Melissa Panetta on her experience as a dancer in Peter Chu’s Space, In Perspective.

Oakville Beaver

Former Oakville dancer heading to Chicago dance company

“…helping her develop into the artist she is today”

Former dancer with the Oakville Academy for the Arts Melissa Panetta is headed to Chicago to work for the professional dance company Thodos Dance Chicago. The Oakville Beaver spoke with Melissa about how her past training has helped get her where she is today. Check out the full article here!

The Peak:

SFYou: An Interview with SFU’s dancing queen, Melissa Panetta

“When I don’t perform it’s like something is missing. . . when you get on stage, it’s just a certain feeling that you don’t get anywhere else. It’s hard to put into words, but I don’t think I could go without that”

Melissa Panetta, a professional dancer by trade, has done everything from teaching community dance-inspired fitness programs to showing off her moves on Lopez Tonight. She is an SFU success story, but also a source of inspiration to anyone struggling to find opportunities that satisfy their passions. The Peak sat down with Panetta and asked her how she got here, and what’s next.

Catalyst Dance:

Getting Dedicated Young Dancers to their Dreams Sooner

“Every time you go to an audition you learn something different about yourself and about the process”

There are many career options in the dance industry but it was obvious from the start that Melissa would one day make it to the stage as a pro dancer with a company. It was just a matter of time. Desirée Dunbar spoke with Melissa to talk about the challenges she faced in the transition from student to professional.

What’s Next …

An Inside Look

Step inside Melissa’s world as a dance writer and explore her perspective on the dance community. Read Melissa’s interviews and stories about current dance artists and learn about her experience chatting with them …