Joining in 2019
Melinda Cassiday grew up in the small town of Maysville, Georgia. She began her dance training through ballet classes at the age of thirteen and from there her interest and love for the art grew. She attended Brenau University on a talent based and academic scholarship and graduated with a B.A. in Dance Studies and a minor in Small Business Management in 2017. While a student at Brenau, she developed a great love for teaching and for choreographing. She has created several choreographic works; one piece was selected to be adjudicated at the American College Dance Association Southeast conference. Melinda was involved in several works set by a variety of choreographers including: Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Carl Flink, and Merce Cunningham (set by Carol Teitalbaum). The summer before her senior year, Melinda traveled to Sorrento, Italy to study at the Staibdance summer intensive for two weeks on a partial scholarship. While there, she learned and performed repertory from George Staib’s Moat. In April 2017, Melinda won the Outstanding Senior in Dance award at Brenau. Currently, Melinda is a dance teacher in the Atlanta area and is a member of Refuge Dance Company in Marietta, Georgia.