Melodie Terwilliger
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Melodie began her formal training at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) in Carlisle, PA under the directorship of Marcia Dale Weary and Melinda Jones Howe. There she performed in the Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, Paquita and more. After traveling to Houston, Texas and while at the Houston Ballet, she met SoiliArvola and Leo Ahonen, Finish born and Kirov trained bronze medalists from Varna Bulgaria ballet competition. She joined both and traveled for the next 10 years performing in and out of the country in lead roles as the Nutcracker, Coppelia, Don Quixote and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux.Melodie had the privilege of taking class with Mikhail Baryshnikov while at CPYB and Rudolf Nureyev (roommate with Leo at the Kirov) while dancing with Soili and Leo. Melodie moved to Memphis for her husband’s job and danced with Ballet Memphis for 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Houston in Economics and Finance, with a minor in Psychology. Melodie was invited into Omicron Delta Epsilon, the Economics Honor Societyand graduated in 1996 Summa cum Laude. She has two daughters, pets and a tremendous love for teaching ballet to rising dancers!

Studio 413 is an award-winning dance studio offering training and performance opportunities for beginner and advanced dancers. Located near Memphis in Collierville, TN, Studio 413 opened in 2004 and trains dancers in a variety of styles including Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap and Contemporary/Lyrical.

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