Founder, Dancin Jazzi Dance Studio
Melanie Smith has been dancing since the age of three. She has been a performer, choreographer and instructor in Austin and throughout Central Texas for over 15 years.
Melanie is an Austin native and while in high school danced with the Reagan RR’s and the Lanier Vikettes as well as Austin Independent School District’s All City Dance Team. While in college Melanie served as captian of the Temple College Dance Team 2000-2001. She also danced with the Blinn College Treasures, 2001-2003.
Melanie is a gifted choreographer and is trained and competent in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Liturgical, Contemporary and Drill Team.
Melanie loves everything about dance and especially enjoys training young dancers helping them realize thier potential. Melanie practices the “ABCD” philosophy; Any Body Can Dance.
She has won numerous awards, scholarships and other titles and has traveled extensively, training and improving her skills. Her first national scholarship was won at the tender age of six while attending an LADF dance convention. Melanie has many national commercials and two movies to her credit. She has had the opportunity to train with Savion Glover, the late Gregory Hines, Austin’s own, Acia Gray, Keith Clifton, Joe Tremaine, Laurie Johnson, Mia Michaels, Wade Robinson, Benji Schwimmer and many others. Her favorite styles of dance are tap, jazz and hip hop.
In August 2006 Melanie fulfilled her dream of establishing Dancin’ Jazzi Dance Studio. In June of 2007, she established FLAVA Dance Company and serves as it’s Artistic Drector. She is also the co-founder and CEO of the nonprofit organization Out tha Box Productions.