Melissa Adao - B.A, M.A. in Dance - is known for her energetic performances and her continuous passion to become a better dancer and educator. She began training at the age of 17 and since then, has soared into an amazing journey of hip hop, jazz and modern dance experiences. Melissa’s professional dance background includes local companies like Unity Dance Ensemble, Urban FX, EKetc and Super Galactic Beat Manipulators. Representation through Bloc Dance and Choreography has opened opportunities for her to work with artists like Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, Andy Dick, Athena Cage, No Doubt and Nickelodeon’s "Taina".
She earned her B.A. in Dance from San Diego State University and her M.A. from California State University, Long Beach. She is a dance instructor at Chapman Univeristy, MiraCosta College, California State University, San Marcos, Mesa College and Grossmont Community College. Melissa invests her time in training and preparing her dancers for professional opportunities in the industry. You will see her students showcased in her work all over the county. She enjoys sharing the love and passion for dance with her students and is blessed to be a part of their journey. She impresses the importance of educating the cultural and historical significances of our past in order to preserve our future dance community.
Melissa’s work has been seen showcased at various venues such as Diversionary Theater, White Box Theater, The Neurosciences Institute, and RAW Space Off Broadway. Her work “In The Wild” received Runner-Up at Young Choreographers Showcase and Prize in 2012. Melissa’s first full-length production “HIP HOP cabHOORAY” received Outstanding Production at San Diego International Fringe Festival in 2015. Aside from teaching and choreographing, she is also the Founder of Outreach Through Dance, a production company that produces dance showcases and events to benefit various charities and organizations in the San Diego community. OTD works closely with Make-A-Wish San Diego, The John Brockington Foundation, Pacific Arts Movement, and various non-profits globally. She wants to use her gift of dance to benefit the community, positively educate those who seek to know the art and culture, and expose to others the amazing impact hip hop can bring to one’s life.