Melissa Rochelle Younker
A native of Southern California, Melissa began training in many movement forms at a young age. She holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts from California State University, Long Beach where she received the Lana Alper Memorial Scholarship. Prior to attending CSULB, Melissa studied at Orange Coast College and was twice awarded the Karen Shanley Dance Performance and Student Dance Scholarships. Melissa has had the privilege of appearing in works created by John Beasant III, Linda Sohl-Ellison, Mike Esperanza, Keith Johnson, Alex Ketley, Sophie Monat, and more. This is Melissa's first season with the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company.