Instructors

 

Our dance instructors are highly-qualified and experienced in various styles and techniques. 

 
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Melissa Hunsaker

Owner & Founder

Melissa is a Texas native, and grew up in the DFW area. She began taking dance classes at age 5 and started teaching dance when she was just 15 years old. Melissa has a B.F.A. in Dance from the University of North Texas. 

Since 2001 Melissa's choreography has won numerous awards such as, "Best In Class", "Judges Award", "Most Creative Choreography" as well as over 100 Top Overall Scores at local and national competitions. She has worked at various schools and studios all across North Texas specializing in technique workshops.

In 2012, she began teaching Dance at a public charter school in the south Dallas neighborhood of Oak Cliff, where she built an educational dance program from scratch. The program has grown to over 200 students in daily classes and over 50 students on the dance teams. 

Recognizing the strong interest in dance throughout the Oak Cliff community, Melissa opened Oak Cliff Dance, a studio space offering classes, private lessons, and custom choreography. Melissa strongly believes that dance should be available to everyone, and wants to create a place where students of all ages and all backgrounds can come together to learn the art form.

Roselle Carlino

Instructor & Choreographer

Growing up in New York, Roselle began dancing at 3 years old at her local studio and at Broadway Dance Center, competing at age 10, and teaching at age 15. She has a BS in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology from St. John’s University in NYC.

While taking daily dance classes, Roselle also performed as Raggedy Ann in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, danced at NY Knicks games, was in several Ballets, such as Peter and the Wolf and Snow White, and danced annually at the Jordan Classic at MSG.

She was captain of her nationally ranked college dance team at St. John’s. In 2008, she began working for Universal Dance Association (UDA) as a travelling instructor for summer camps around the country. Roselle currently works for UDA as a judge for competitions and travels internationally teaching and choreographing all styles of dance.

She has taught at several studios and coached/ choreographed for nationally ranked high school and college dance teams for the past 8 years. She currently lives in Oak Cliff and teaches at The Kessler School.

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Jade Parrish

Instructor

Miss. Jade teaches our 2 and 3 year old class on Saturday mornings at 9am. She has over 10 years of experience in dance and enjoys working with the young dancers in our community. She is a life long learner and takes classes anywhere she can.