Dancer. Performer. Choreographer. Adjudicator. Mentor. With over 13 years of experience working as a professional Melena Rounis has had the opportunity to touch millions with her diverse skill set and generous spirit.Varying her training from modern dance (Graham, Cunningham, & Limon techniques at Simon Fraser University and Toronto Dance Theatre) to everything from hip hop, locking, house, waacking, voguing, ballet, jazz, pole, African, Greek, Chinese & Indian dance styles! All examples of the diversity that makes Melena such a multi-disciplinary artist.Melena has been featured in various articles, published books, and worked extensively in film and television, live theater projects with renowned entertainment companies, directors, producers and Emmy award winning choreographers.
She has traveled throughout the world performing with companies such as Cirque du Soleil and has been featured in notable international dance events and tribute shows for artists such as Tina Turner & MC Hammer.
Upon returning from touring with renowned Reggaeton artist Don Omar in 2007, Melena made a business venture to contribute to the dance scene in her home town of Vancouver, British Columbia by co-founding then studio – Drive Dance Centre (DDC) and the Drive Dance Centre Scholarship Program before being sought out by Cirque du Soleil for The Beatles LOVE at the Mirage hotel & casino in Las Vegas.
She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA after recently completing Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson ‘The Immortal’ World Tour – the world’s 7th top grossing tour of ALL-TIME.
Melena is a working professional in high demand. She respects and understands the importance of hard work, professionalism and knowledge of history that has been passed down to her from the many greats she has had the opportunity to take from and work with. These are all things that she is grateful for and is proud to pass down to future generations.
YPAD is a wonderful tool that has been of serious necessity to the world of dance for quite some time now. There is room for us, as a whole, in ‘The Dance Community’ to step up and do better for our young dancers. This platform helps to clarify and establish a healthy standard that promotes positive reinforcement and direction to impressionable budding artists and more importantly human beings. I am proud to be an affiliated member of YPAD and look forward to aiding in the progression of our society.