Melissa Brading

Photo Credit: Kirk Donaldson

Master of Fine Arts

Originally from Topeka, KS, Melissa Brading started her dance career with Adeum Dance Company in Houston, TX, directed by Randall Flinn. Following her time in Houston, she spent twelve years as a New York based teacher, dancer and choreographer. She is currently completing her MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Melissa holds a BFA in dance education from the University of Central Oklahoma and specializes in Limón technique. She has danced for choreographers such as Hope Boykin, Nejla Yatkin, Amanda Selwyn, Chris Ferris, Sue Bernhard, Sarah Council, Kathryn Alter and was a member of Avodah Dance. Melissa’s choreography has been performed at venues such as Green Space (NYC), The Green Building (NYC), University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond, OK), Brookfield Place (NYC) among others. NYC Theater choreography credits include #Coriolanus by Theater in Asylum, Daphne by Alice Pencavel and Femme Pathos by Claire Moodey. Melissa has a passion for teaching movement and her research is focused around creating practices to keep dancers engaged and dancing longer and stronger. She believes the dance class should address all of the dancer—body, mind and soul, and she is working to create safe spaces to explore the intricacies of the body.


CEW+ Fellow
Recipient of the following:
Eileen Weiser EXCEL Fund
William Braddan McClellan, Jr. Fund
Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant