Melissa Schott

Instructor

Melissa Schott is no stranger to the stage, or the dance classroom, and she is excited to share her love of tap with the students at Curtain Call.  She enjoys her role as Choreographer for Music K-8 Magazine and as an Educator in the Art of Tap Dance.  She teaches at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center in New York, where she shares her love of tap with beginners and professionals alike.  Melissa is a top award-winning choreographer, with a fresh approach to her artistic quality and advanced musicality, and former students have received regional, national and scholarship award recognitions, as well as been accepted to prestigious tap and musical theatre programs across the country.

Melissa enjoyed portraying the infamous Mae Clarke (along with nine other characters) in the pre-Broadway production of Cagney The Musical, performed at Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, Utah.  She performed as a featured dancer for four-time Tony Award Nominee, Randy Skinner, in Make The Season Bright at The Beacon Theatre in New York.  In addition, she revisited 42nd Street at Ogunquit Playhouse (Lorraine, Ensemble, Dance Captain), under the direction and choreography of Randy Skinner, and Thoroughly Modern Millie at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, Florida (Ethel Peas, Ensemble).  Ms. Schott was invited to perform as a featured soloist at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s 11th Annual Gala, A Celebration of Women in the Arts, alongside Chita Rivera, Rita Moreno, Gloria Estefan, and Vanessa Williams.  Quickly thereafter, she was invited to be a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall’s Medal of Excellence Gala, honoring Adrienne Arsht, at The Plaza Hotel.

Ms. Schott worked with Director and Tony Award Winner, David Shiner, and Choreographer and Tony Award Nominee, Jared Grimes, (as well as Composer, and Tony Award Nominee, Laurence O’Keefe, and Tony Award winning Actress, Annaleigh Ashford, in the early stages of this project) as a featured singer/dancer in Cirque du Soleil’s Banana Shpeel.  Through her symphony concert work, she has performed alongside Rachel York, Gary Beach, Judy Kaye, Max von Essen, John Waters, Micky Dolenz and Beth Leavel, and has had the good fortune to be featured as a soloist across the U.S. and Canada in the symphony pops concert, Classic FM, with Maestro Jack Everly.  She also enjoyed being part of the National Company of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Judy Haynes u/s, Ensemble), with David Ogden Stiers, at Detroit’s Fox Theatre, directed by Tony Award Winner, Walter Bobbie, and choreographed by Randy Skinner.  Favorite regional performances include 42nd Street (Peggy Sawyer), Always… Patsy Cline(Patsy Cline), and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie Dillmount).  Ms. Schott is a frequent soloist for MTI’s Broadway Jr. recordings, including Pirates of Penzance (Ruth), Willy Wonka (Violet and Mrs. Gloop) and Into the Woods (Witch).