Melanie Bales

Dance Instructor
(805) 565-7040

Office Location

Dance Studio


Modern, Jazz, Ballet

Research Interests

Melanie Bales graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy, and studied ballet in New York City at the Joffrey School, and as a Harkness Ballet Trainee. She graduated Magna cum Laude from Carleton College, and has an MFA from the University of Illinois. She performed both classical and operetta repertoire in West Germany, and danced principal duet roles with Douglas Nielsen Dance, New York. Ms. Bales has received support to commission dances for solo performance from choreographers including John Giffin, Iréne Hultman, Daniel Nagrin, Tere O'Connor and Catherine Turocy. Her choreography has received several state and national awards. Ms. Bales is a Certified Movement Analyst through the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, New York. As a Professor of Dance at The Ohio State University, she taught ballet technique, Laban studies, and courses in dance history/theory.  She has co-authored two books: The Body Eclectic: Evolving Practices in Dance Training(University of Illinois Press 2007), and Dance on its Own Terms: Histories and Methodologies(Oxford University Press 2013).