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Melissa Tannús

Melissa Tannús (Dancer, Teacher, Choreographer) is a world renown tap dancer from Brazil. Melissa recently moved to the United States from her home in Uberlândia (MG) to pursue her professional tap career, while continuing to cultivate the tap scene in Brazil.

Melissa fell in love with tap at Studio Uai Q Dança. Her passion, dedication and hard work were so evident that the Brazilian tap festivals awarded her several scholarships for tap festivals in the United States including: Chicago Human Rhythm Project, LA Tap Festival, DC Tap Festival and Tap City. While in Brazil, Melissa was invited to perform with "O Teatro Mágico", one of Brazil’s famous bands. She was also part of Christiane Matallo's professional tap company "Cia de Sapateado Christiane Matallo", where she starred in the 2012 tour of "Partituras".

In 2013, Melissa moved to Los Angeles where she had numerous performance opportunities such as: "Gone: The Preface" at the REDCAT with So You Think You Can Dance all-star, Melinda Sullivan, “Cirque-a-Palooza” with Jason Rodgers (Bring in da Noise/ Bring in da Funk), LA Holiday Celebration and UCLA’s Jazz Reggae Festival, with Sarah Reich’s Tap Music Project. Melissa’s ascending success was noticed by Acia Gray, who invited her to be a company member of the Tapestry Dance Company in Austin, Texas. Tapestry Dance Company is the only professional tap company that pays a salary to its members in the United States. While in Austin, Melissa also directed the adult multi-form dance company, Tapestry, Too.

Along with her various performance credits, Melissa has choreographed for the Footnotes Tap Ensemble in North Carolina and taught at several dance studios in Los Angeles, such as the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Millennium Dance Complex, Live Arts, and Santa Monica College. In addition, Melissa was invited to teach at many tap festivals in Brazil, such as Tap in Rio, Tap Week Brasil and Semana do Tap Uai Q Dança.

Melissa has been developing innovative projects focused on improving the tap scene in Brazil. Frustrated with the lack of opportunity and access to information that many Brazilian tap dancers struggle with, she has been translating documentaries and movies about tap into Portuguese. She has already translated the documentaries “About Tap” and “The Jazz Hoofer”.

Melissa is currently living in Los Angeles, performing with Sarah Reich’s Tap Music Project and Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies as well as a solo artist. Melissa was recently seen on KTLA’s Morning News, FOX’s Good Day LA and Season 11 of So You Think You Can Dance, all with the Syncopated Ladies.