Ballet/ Creative Movement/ Pointe/ Director
Melissa is an ABT Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 5 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. Melissa is delighted that Reaching Heart Center is in it's 16th year! The school was founded in 2001 in Chatham where it remained for 9 years. Our new location in West Harwich opened in July of 2010 and is a unique renovated antique enchanted barn which is a magical place to work, dance and flourish! Melissa is grateful to have such a beautiful studio to teach in.
Melissa's early training includes three years dancing at Walnut Hill School in Natick, where she graduated high school and one year dancing at the Royal Ballet School in London. Melissa is a graduate of Connecticut College where she majored in Child Development, and minored in dance. She has been teaching ballet for over 36 years and could not imagine a better job in the world. She is grateful to have such an amazing staff and wonderful committed students who are all passionate about dance!
Melissa is delighted that several of her students are continuing to dance as a major or minor in college. She has had students of hers attend SAB, Walnut Hill, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, PNB, Miami City Ballet and ABT in both NYC and Alabama during recent summers. She has high hopes that some of her current students will also go on to a professional career in the dance field! Melissa is delighted to be offering several wonderful master class teachers to her students at Reaching Heart this Spring and during our 8 week summer ballet intensive.
Sara is a wonderful teacher who has been with Reaching Heart for 10 years. She is exceptional in her ability to communicate corrections to both the youngest of dancers and our older students as well. Sara's early training was with Ms. Virginia Zango Traube at the Mid-Cape School of Ballet and then at Nutmeg Conservatory. She is the proud mother of three beautiful children!
Katie started at Reaching Heart School of Ballet in the Mommy and Me class at just two years old. Throughout her time at the studio, she studied ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, tap, and hip hop. Climbing the "Nutcracker Ladder", Katie danced just about every role and looked forward to it each year. She started her ballet teaching as an assistant to Miss Melissa and then moved on to teaching her own ballet classes and hip hop throughout high school. Once in college at UNH, Katie joined the dance team and taught creative movement, ballet, and hip hop at a New Hampshire studio. Katie has returned to the Cape and loves teaching students of all ages. She especially enjoyed being back a part of the Nutcracker. She added one more part to her Nutcracker repertoire and stepped in as the Mouse King this year so she could dance with her "mice"!
Todd Hall has studied at some of the most prestigious ballet schools in the country, including: The Boston Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet and the School of American Ballet. Todd has danced professionally with the Washington Ballet, the Boston Ballet and many other companies throughout the U.S. and Europe. While in Boston, Todd earned a degree at Emerson College. Due to some serious eye problems, he had to curtail his performing career, and as a result developed a love of teaching dance! He has taught ballet and pas de deux classes across the country from as far away as Alaska and up and down the east coast. Todd's classes are energetic and challenge students to reach beyond their potential. We are delighted to have Todd joining our staff as a frequent guest artist.
Located in the heart
of Cape Cod!!
Reaching Heart School of Ballet
27 Route 28
West Harwich, MA 02671
Our 20th Anniversary performance of The Nutcracker will be held at the beautiful Monomoy Regional High School ! The shows are Saturday December 17th at 1:30pm and 6:30pm and Sunday December 18th at 1:30pm. Come see our talented local dancers, with exquisite costumes and beautiful scenery. Expect the unexpected... a purely Magical show here on Cape Cod! We hope you join us.
We are delighted to be celebrating our 21st year in business!! Registration is now open for all classes. Please call the studio at 508-430-4303 to speak us about your dancer's best class placement. Advanced dancers may be invited for a placement class assessment. New session begun January 3rd!
Dear RHSB families,
During this "new normal" of COVID times, we are proud to announce we provide a very safe school and follow all the appropriate COVID guidelines.
Thank you for your cooperation and support as we strive to create the safest environment possible for our students and your family. We have carefully reviewed many options to create a plan that would work best for our school.
We are currently enrolling students for our Summer 2023 session. Classes start July 10, 2023. Please call the studio to register your dancer.
Our dance studio is open by appointment to parents. We appreciate calling ahead as it aids us in ensuring that we can maintain social distancing standards.