Melissa Bobick

Assistant Professor (Lecturer)

MFA Purchase College Conservatory of Dance; BS Indiana University

Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Melissa Bobick graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in ballet and nutrition from Indiana University in Bloomington and received her Master of Fine Arts degree in choreography from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance in New York. Melissa is also an ABT® Certified Teacher and earned the status of Affiliate Teacher while teaching in New York City. As a performer, Melissa danced for six seasons with The Eugene Ballet Company and Ballet Idaho where she was featured in many classical roles and numerous contemporary works. After moving to New York City, Melissa performed for the National Choreographer’s Initiative and was one of four dancers engaged by New York City Opera for their new production of Massenet’s Cendrillon. As a choreographer, Melissa was commissioned to choreograph three new works for Ballet Idaho, receiving grants from the Idaho Commission on the Arts in support of these projects. Recently, she created new works for the ballet majors of both Belhaven College and the Bucknell Dance Company and returned to Eugene to create a new Apollon Musagète for the Eugene Ballet Company.

As a teacher, Melissa has worked around the country and has been a faculty member at both Ballet Hispanico and American Youth Dance Theater in New York City. She worked as an Assistant Professor of Dance at Mercyhurst University from 2012 to 2016, and in that capacity, created several new works for the university, including a new holiday ballet based on the Victor Herbert operetta, Babes in Toyland and an evening-length ballet based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl. Melissa has also choreographed for the Mercyhurst Ballet Theatre and the Mercyhurst Liturgical Dance Ensemble. Her piece, Holberg Suite, which she choreographed for the Erie Contemporary Ballet Theatre, was included in the Regional Dance America/Northeast Gala Performance in Harrisburg, PA.