Melissa George-DerGurahian born in Morristown, New Jersey started dancing at age 5. Her and her parents moved to Glens Falls when she was 11 and continued her dance training at The Dance Center of Queensbury under Barbara Tebeau. She started training with Barbara at the age of 11 and trained with her until age 18. She is trained in Cecchetti, RAD and Russian techniques. She was part of Adirondack Ballet Theater for six years, performing roles such as Harlequin Doll (original dancer/creator), Snow Queen, and Dew Drop Fairy. Melissa has returned home in previous years to perform “The Sugar Plum Fairy” for the dance school she holds so close to her heart. Melissa received her BFA in Dance Performance from the Boston Conservatory in 2004, performing works by Lar Lubovitch, Jose Limon and Martha Graham. She trained with some of the best teachers/dancers at the Conservatory. Yasuko and Emi Tokunaga (Martha Graham Dance Company), Jennifer Scanlon (Limon Dance Company), Sandy Stone (Paul Taylor Dance Company) Donna Silva (Joffrey Ballet) to name a few. Over the courses of the summer, she trained with The Limon Dance Company, David Parsons Dance Company, and Ballet Hispanico. She began her professional career right out of college with The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company. Ellen’s company is based and resides at The Egg in Albany, NY. Among having many roles, in 2007, Ellen choreographed a solo called “The Walk” on her. This was her first solo with the dance company. She collaborated with fellow ESDC dancers on Obsequi, a multimedia art event held in Albany’s historic St. Joseph’s Church.
After 10 years Melissa retired from The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company to pursue teaching dance at The Dance Center of Queensbury, Choreographer/Rehearsal Director for Adirondack Ballet Theater, and receive her certification in Gyrokinesis. Melissa has presented her own piece at The Arts Center in Troy and has performed with Claire Jacob-Zysman and Dancers since 2012.