CREATING DANCERS ONE STEP AT A TIME
MAJOR AFFECT DANCE ACADEMY
About the Director
Melanie Alyse, Owner and Director of Major Affect Dance Academy, met her true love at the age of 4 in her first dance class. Since that day and over the years, this love has grown into her passion. In 2010 she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Rutgers University-Mason Gross School of the Arts. While attending MGSA, Melanie had the privilege of being a member of University DanceWorks. The company toured throughout the tri-state area and worked with guest artist such as Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Rennie Harris and American Repertory Ballet.
After graduating, Melanie embarked on the beginning of her dance career. She became a member of the New Jersey Devils Dancers for the 2010-2012 seasons. During 2010 she was selected as a Featured Dancer/Dance Captain in Mystic Vision Players (MVP) production of Aida and again in 2011 for MVP’s production of Once On This Island. Additionally to performing, Melanie began guest teaching and choreographing for the Linden High School Dance Company, taught at several dance studios in Union and Middlesex County and choreographed the musicals for Soehl Middle School Theater Program.
In the Summer of 2013, Melanie made her debut as Choreographer for MVP’s production of In The Heights, receiving a nomination for an NJACT Perry Award for Outstanding Choreography. In the Spring of 2014, Melanie made her debut as Choreographer for the Linden High School Musical Theater Program's production of How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying and continues to choreograph their musical every year. Melanie continued to choreograph for MVP; All Shook Up (July 2014), receiving her 2nd nomination for an NJACT Perry Award for Outstanding Choreography, RENT (November 2014) and most recently Co-Choreographing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (April 2017).
Melanie is thrilled to share the gift of Dance with everyone at MADA
"Creating Dancers one Step at a Time"