Melissa Rummel was raised in Dryden, Michigan where she started dancing at the age of seven. She graduated from Belhaven University with a BFA in dance, emphasis on modern and choreography. She has trained with companies, such as, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, RiverNorth Chicago, and Ad Deum Dance Company. This is Melissa's third season with Sarasota Contemporary Dance. She currently teaches locally throughout Sarasota and is an Adjunct Modern instructor at St. Petersburg College. With the help of Sarasota Contemporary Dance, she looks forward to continuing her growth as a performer, choreographer, and teacher.