Book Melissa


  • Jazz Dance

  • Contemporary Dance

  • Musical Theatre Dance Styles

  • PLP KS1,2,3,4 & 5, GCSE DANCE, BTEC,

    A Level Dance

  • Dance Fitness

  • Aerial Dance


Melissa the founder of Black's Barre is a professional dance practitioner based in Newcastle Upon Tyne. She has led Dance as a subject in Kenton School since 2006 and has a vast experience in leading, assessing, moderating and internally verifying AQA GCSE and A Level Dance alongside Edexcel Levels 2 and 3 QCF and NQF Dance and Musical Theatre qualifications. Melissa developed dance qualifications and raised participation in dance across the city as a Dance Coordinator for Newcastle's SSCO, delivering Dance and Performing Arts PLP to teachers of KS1,2,3,4,& 5, was employed by Steve Halsey as the rehearsal director for Newcastle's Music Service annual Summer Blast at The Sage Gateshead and choreographer for the Games 500 opening Ceremony at Sports Central, toured in the Balearic Islands as a professional dancer for Main Feature Productions, commissioned as a dancer and choreographer with Nhdanza Dance, was part of the Creative team for Try Dance at Newcastle Falcon's Rugby Club and has choreographed 13 Musicals and Pantomimes including Little Shop of Horrors, Guys and Dolls, Beauty and the Beast, Oliver and The Jungle Book, teaches at Stages School of Dance, Nicola Guald School of dance and Dance City. 

Melissa has always used her professional work as a dance artist to enhance and inform her teaching, offering her students fresh and  relevant training in order to prepare them for the ever-changing industry of Dance and Performing Arts.  

Black's Barre is her new venture, based at Studio Velo in the heart of Whitley Bay with an aim to increase participation in dance and movement across the North East regardless of age gender, background or fitness level. Dance is coming for you!

'Dance like there’s no one watching!'