Melissa Diane Benners dance journey began at Wendy’s School of Dance at the age of 9. At age 12 she was accepted into the Dance Theater of Harlem ballet program at Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan. While training in this program she was one of the selected few to perform as a super in the finale of “The Fire Bird.”
As a teenager Melissa trained at Freedom Danz Xpressionz and The Detroit High School for the Fine and Performing Arts. At age 16 Melissa had her first professional dance experience when she won a scholarship to The Edge Dance Studio of Performing Arts in Los Angeles California and was accepted into the Alvin Ailey intensive dance program by the time she graduated high school.
As an adult some of Melissa’s accomplishments include, Aretha Franklin tour, Season 2 Las Vegas Finalist for So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Best Dance Crew, Artistic Director for Ginuwine and MTV’s MADE as a dance coach.
In 2009 Melissa gave birth to her son Paris. This experience shifted her direction. In fall of 2014 Melissa graduated from Marygrove College with a BA in vocal performance where she trained in both classical and contemporary music.
Immediately after college Melissa booked her first tour as a background vocalist for recording artist KEM and from there worked with Carnival Cruise Linens as a production show singer. Melissa is currently working as a vocal and dance instructor providing professional training and connection assistance to aspiring dancers and vocalist while perusing her own career.