Melissa Emrico, originally from the Washington DC area, started training exclusively in classical ballet at age 12. After just 6 months of ballet, she was then accepted into the illustrious Dance Theatre of Harlem's residency program. After several months of studying with Dance Theatre of Harlem, she was quickly accepted into The Washington Ballet on a full scholarship.
She continued her training with both companies for three more years then made the decision to transition into musical theatre after being accepted to train with Ann Reinking at Broadway Theatre Project. National/International tours include CATS (Cassandra), Fame the Musical (ensemble), Fame the Musical, Korea (Dance Captain, Iris US, ensemble). Most recently she had the amazing opportunity to be in the musical, Chicago, at the Hollywood Bowl directed by Brooke Shields.
"Dina," her moniker given to her by the controversial phenom, Lady Gaga, has had an incredibly successful dance career working in commercials, feature films, Live shows, and world tours! She has gone on tour with Lady Gaga and was a featured dancer in her video for "Marry The Night," as well as touring the world with A.R. Rahman, a multi-Grammy award winner and film composer who penned "Jai Ho." Other performances she is proud of are television shows such as “Selfie”, "So You Think You Can Dance," "Dancing With the Stars," feature films like “Ted 2,” “Gone with the Bullets,” "Gnomeo and Juliet,” "Step Up,” and you can see her in music videos from Robin Thicke, and Taylor Swifts major success “Shake it Off.”
Melissa is currently a faculty member on the national dance convention, Hollywood Dance Jamz and Revolution Dance Center, teaching ballet. She has a unique voice for empowering and inspiring dancers and quickly has students falling in love with Ballet! Her well-rounded career gives her a broad and refined education in the art of dance. She is very passionate and dedicated to shaping the next generation of amazing talent!