At the beginning of filming, Melissa Anduiza was completing her first year as a professional ballerina at North Carolina Dance Theatre. She has a degree in dance from the University of South Florida where during her senior year she choreographed a piece entitled “Stained Glass” that she performed at the Kennedy Center. The summer before her senior year at USF, she participated in an intensive with Complexions Dance Company. There, dancing alongside company members, she realized she wanted to be a professional dancer. She also fell in love with Dwight Rhoden’s choreography and the contemporary movement he creates. As luck would have it, Dwight is the resident choreographer at North Carolina Dance Theatre. The chance to work with him on a regular basis is just one of the reasons Melissa is so excited to be working with the NC Dance Theatre.
Having grown up in Miami with the sounds of salsa music drifting through the air, the transition to Charlotte was at first a bit of a culture shock for Melissa. But while she misses those familiar childhood sounds and being close to her family— which includes her parents, two sisters, and a brother— the Queen City has definitely won her over. That’s because Melissa’s favorite color is pink, and when she saw Charlotte’s streets lined in springtime with cherry blossoms and redbuds, she knew she was in the right place.
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