Melissa Derrick aka "Miss Melissa" studied classical ballet in Brasil, South America for over 15 years. She was part of the company group for 5 years at the "Academia de Ballet Lina Penteado" in Campinas, SP where she traveled in southern Brasil competing nationally. Some of her teachers were Felipe Chepakovich, Ms. Lucina Checchia, Mrs. Maria Silvia de Gennaro, and Ismael Guiser. She has participated in La Bayadere, Swan Lake, Paquita, Sleeping Beauty, and the Little Mermaid. She studied The Royal Ballet School's System Training and also Russian Ballet (Vaganova technique) at the Academia de Ballet Lina Penteado.
Melissa graduated in Brasil as a Registered Dietitian and moved to the United States in the year 2000. She started teaching Classical Ballet in Beaufort County in the fall of 2005 at Beaufort Academy of Dance. My love is teaching young talented dancers the beauty of ballet and the passion of dancing. Miss Melissa will be "The Ballet School" dance company team leader.