Melissa Brenner attended Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Florida Community College at Jacksonville, and received a BFA in Dance from the University of Florida. Upon graduation, Melissa moved to New York City to continue her training with various contemporary modern dance artists and projects.
In 2010, Melissa received her MFA in dance from Arizona State University. While studying in Arizona, Melissa served on the board of the Arizona Dance Educators Organization, the University Graduate Council, was the President of the Graduate Dance Organization and taught a number of classes at Arizona State including Modern, Ballet, Pilates, Yoga, and Introduction to Dance. Melissa received Best Performer and Student Service Award for 2009/2010 and received the Faculty Emeriti Fellowship and Graduate Research Grant for her thesis project titled “Recipes for Work and Play”, a site-specific production presented at the Bragg’s Pie Factory in 2009.
As a performer, Melissa has danced for Mary Fitzgerald, Karen Schupp, and has performed the works of Elizabeth Johnson, Ashleigh Leite, Shapiro and Smith Dance, Kelly Drummond-Cawthon, Elina Mooney, and many others. Her choreography has been selected and presented on stages and site-specific locations throughout the U.S. since 2001. In 2017, her choreography was selected for the Gala performance at American College Dance Festival, performed by Dance Theatre of Santa Fe.
Melissa is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Florida, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Santa Fe College, Coordinator of the Young Dancer Workshop of North Central Florida and is Co-Director of the Dance Theatre of Santa Fe.