Her name really is Melodee, that’s D double E, and she has one of the purest hearts around. With a musical family and her first word being “la,” Miss Melodee was destined to sing and dance. From church to school, to local theaters and eventually national TV, Melodee has been performing since she could walk.
Melodee began her career as a children’s performer in college starring in “The Buzz” a children’s educational program on PBS. In her hometown of Pittsburgh, Melodee was also a part of the children's theatre company, Playhouse Jr. After graduating with a BFA in musical theater from PPU she moved to Los Angeles to continue pursuing her craft. Since moving to LA Melodee has been teaching dance and music to children 18 months and up at Creation Station Studio City. She has also been performing a variety of characters for children at private events with select celebrities. And she was delighted to be a finalist on NBC’s Star Tomorrow, receiving great reviews from judge David Foster.
During one of her performances as Cinderella, she was seen by acclaimed A&R executive Jay Landers, who gave her golden advice that would soon direct her career path in the most beautiful way. As a dance teacher she had already begun to notice a need for more quality children’s dance music and classroom tools. Combining this with the recent guidance from Landers, the wheels started turning. Soon after, Melodee received the Hal Gaba Scholarship for her lyric writing in Marty Panzer’s class at the UCLA Extension program, and eventually began working with one of Disney’s acclaimed producers Aris Archontis on her new album, “Dancing With Miss Melodee.”
Mary Poppins put it best when she said, “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and snap! The job’s a game.”
Studies show that children learn best through play. With this in mind, Miss Melodee developed the album “Dancing With Miss Melodee” to help kids retain their dance lessons, whether they are in class or exercising at home, whether for fun, or to practice in between their regular dance classes.
The songs on the album take kids through an entire dance class from warm-up to finish! The CD combined with the curriculum booklet offers pre-school teachers, childcare givers, and dance instructors, the tools to run an entire dance class or dance party.
“Dancing With Miss Melodee” is designed to not only be a tool for dance studios, but also for parents. The album and booklet give parents all they need to offer a fun, educational way to exercise at home.
And with the pressure of economic stress on most families today, Miss Melodee is excited to bring dance class home, especially to kids whose parents might not otherwise be able to afford classes.
Best of all, Miss Melodee made the music quality up to the highest standards so when the kids play it, Mom and Dad can not only “stand” to listen to again and again, but “want” to listen again and again!