Born in Townsville, Mel started ballroom dancing at the age of 13 & moved to Brisbane at 21 to compete throughout Australia in the Professional ranks and further her dancing career.
In 2002 she moved to England & enjoyed success on the International dance circuit for approximately 5 years becoming the 2008 UK Rising Star Professional Latin Champion, 2008 Runners Up British Professional Rising Star Latin, 2007 German Professional Rising Star Latin Champions & is 2 times Australian Professional Latin Champion.
Mel joined Burn the Floor in November 2008, performing on Broadway for 7 months, San Francisco for 3 months & on the world tour including Japan, Canada, South Korea, Germany, Florida, Amsterdam & became dance captain at Jupiter’s Casino on the Gold Coast heading an international cast for 3 months.
In 2011 she hit our TV screens on Channel 7’s Dancing with the Stars as a professional dancer partnering Australian Idol Winner Damien Leith placing 3rd in the final, making the Quarter Final in 2012 with 80’s Rock Legend Brian Mannix, partnering TV Legend Tony Barber in 2013 before taking out the title and Winning in 2014 with AFL Star David Rodan.
Melanie has also performed on stage to thousands of dancing fans staring in 3, 3 month Tours throughout the UK in 2012 & 2013 in “Brendan Cole’s Live & Unjudged” & 2014 in “License to Thrill”.
Mel’s teaching experience ranges from competitive latin couples of all ages, wedding couples, DanceFit classes, ladies latin shines courses & social classes.
2014 – Dancing with the Stars Australia, CHAMPIONS
2014 – Licence to Thrill UK Tour
2012 & 2013 – Brendan Cole’s Live & Unjudged Tour, UK
2011 – Dancing with the Stars Australia, FINALIST
2010 – Burn the Floor – Gold Coast & World Tour
2010 – Live Performance on GMTV, NY Studios & Broadway on Broadway live performance, Time Square
2009 – 2010, Burn the Floor – Broadway, Long Acre Theatre
2008 UK Rising Star Professional Latin Champion
2008 Runner Up – British Professional Rising Star Latin
2007 German Professional Rising Star Latin Champion
2007 Australian Open Professional Latin Champion
2007 Top 21 World Professional Latin, Moscow
2005 Australian Open Professional Latin Champion