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Melissa Armer

Melissa Armer

Melissa Armer began dancing at the age of 5 at Holly & Sherries School of Dance, which later became Cumberland Dance Company. Aside from artistic director Holly Loutzenhiser, Melissa was also instructed by Melinda Howe of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet while she was an active member of the studio’s company. Other noted choreographers include Jonathan Phelps of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Forrest (Forry) Gehret of the Harrisburg Ballet Theater, and Cherie Noble of the School of Dance Arts in Philadelphia.

Born with scoliosis, Melissa never let that get in the way of dancing until age 13. During a growth spurt it was decided that a brace was required to impede the curve from progressing. For one year she wore a brace for 23 hours a day and ballet took a back seat. It was very difficult to return to the rigors of ballet after a year off and given her malady, she assumed her life as a dancer was over.

Melissa earned her BA is Sociology from Millersville University in 1998 and her Masters in Secondary Education, social studies, also from Millersville in 2004. While attending Hosanna Christian Fellowship she was introduced to Worship Dance which began to rekindle her love of dance and choreography. This opened many doors including a mission trip to Sofia Bulgaria for Worship in the Arts Conference where she taught ballet, teaching worship dance locally at various churches and camps, as well as doing choreography for school musicals. All of this required studio space to rehearse, her sister in law was a student of Miss Lisa’s and the connection was made. ‘Miss Melissa’ began teaching at the Lititz Academy of Dance in September 2003.

Currently Melissa is a Asst. Rehab Director at Ephrata Area Rehab Services, which serves adults with disabilities. She and her family enjoy the outdoors, traveling, and seeing live music as much as possible. She is committed to LAD and passing on the history, tradition, and love of classical ballet.

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