Melissa Tyler grew up in Midland, Texas where she was a member of Midland Festival Ballet (MFB), under the direction of Susan Clark and Judy
Coleman for 6 years. During her time with MFB she had the opportunity to perform in over 70 community performances with ensemble as well as solo roles.
She participated in RDA Southwest with MFB and had the opportunity while in high school to attend multiple summer intensives all over the country including, Milwaukee Ballet, Alabama School of Fine Arts, Saratoga Springs in NY, Ballet Magnificat! in Mississippi, and Point Park Summer Intensive. She moved to Pittsburgh in 2006 to attend Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts. In 2009 she graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Dance and a concentration in Classical Ballet.
The highlight of her college dance education was attending the “Arts in Paris” study abroad program through Wells College in Paris, France. During her 5 month stay in Paris she studied a variety of different styles of dance at Studio Harmonic Ecole de Danse, including Ballet, Jazz, Classical Egyptian dance, and Bollywood dance. In 2010 Ms. Tyler joined Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, where she is currently performing as a company member. Bodiography has given her the opportunity to grow not only as a dancer but also as an artist and teacher, through ballets such as “108 Minutes”, which was a collaboration with the McGowan Institute of Pittsburgh and “Heart: Function vs. Emotion” where she danced alongside heart transplant patients. Ms. Tyler is a PHI certified Pilates instructor. She teaches a variety of genres in several dance studios in the Pittsburgh area and considers it a joy to pass along her love for dance to the next generation.