Melissa Dobbs, founder and Executive Director of Metropolitan Fine Arts Center, 2001; Executive Director of Metropolitan Performing Arts Alliance, 2008; Metropolitan School of the Arts, 2013.
Known for her motivational and enthusiastic teaching methodology , Melissa strives to encourage her students to embrace the arts with enduring eagerness, exploration and self awareness. Students matriculate to prestigious colleges, universities and professional performing arts careers including: Broadway, The Julliard School, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Washington Ballet, American Academy of Ballet, The Kirov Ballet, Houston Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, William and Mary, University of Pennsylvania, George Mason University, The Hartt School and most recently, Mark Morris Dance Company.
Performances include regional and national engagements, including the Special Olympics Gala, ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia, Walt Disney World, Clinton’s Presidential Inaugural Ball in Washington DC, and most recently as a tap dancer in the 13th annual gala: A Salute to the 1940’s Broadway Musical, with the National Symphony Orchestra, hosted by Julie Andrews on the Kennedy Center stage.
Melissa began her training at Joy of Dance with the highly acclaimed Marilyn Baird in Virginia at the age of 10.
Featured in numerous publications including the Washington Business Journal, Executive Profile, Dance Teacher Magazine, an international resource for dance professionals.
Duke Ellington School of the Arts; Degree in Arts Management, George Mason University; Registered Teacher (CBTS), Royal Academy of Dance, London.