Melissa Reed is originally from Amherst, New Hampshire, where she began her early training at Bedford Dance Center and continued at Southern NH Dance Theater. At age 15, she was invited to attend the Harid Conservatory on a full-tuition scholarship, where she studied with Svetlana Osiyeva, Victoria Schneider, and Olivier Pardina. Upon graduating, Melissa spent two seasons with North Carolina Dance Theatre, under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride, before dancing for one season at Richmond Ballet and as a guest artist at Eglevsky Ballet in Long Island, NY with Laszlo Berdo. In 2012, Melissa joined The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, based at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., where she danced for six seasons. With TSFB, she toured around the United States and to the Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman. Reed has performed featured roles in classical ballets such as Paquita, Giselle, Swan Lake, and The Nutcracker. Her repertoire also includes numerous Balanchine ballets, such as Allegro Brillante, Danses Concertantes, Divertimento No. 15, Emeralds, Chaconne, Gounod Symphony, Brahms-Shoenberg Quartet, Serenade, Agon, Movements for Piano and Orchestra, and Mozartiana, among others.
Additionally, Melissa spent seven seasons working as a faculty member with Boston Ballet School, working within the Classical Ballet Program and Citydance. She served as the Assistant Children’s Ballet Mistress for Boston Ballet company productions, staging George Balanchine’s Coppélia, Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker, and Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella.