Star Pair – Charles & Melissa
Dance Style – Samba
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Background: Born in Concord, NC; Lived in Kannapolis, Thomasville, Chapel Hill and Charlotte; UNC, UNC Law, Duke – M.A.
Professional/Career: Attorney, Banking, Associate Director of Morehead Foundation, Chief Compliance Officer, Charlotte and NC Market President for Bank of America
Interests/Hobbies/Dance Experience: No dance experience; like cycling, golf and skiing
Why are you participating in this event?: I wanted to learn how to dance and this sounded like fun.
Fun Facts: Met my wife on the beaches of Dunkirk; Went to Carolina but married in Duke Chapel
Non-profit/Charity Supporting along with NC Dance Theatre: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation
Charles will be dancing with:
Hometown: Miami, FL
Seasons with NC Dance Theatre: 4
Melissa, a Miami native, received her BFA in Dance from the University of South Florida. In 2010, her choreography Stained Glass was selected by the American College of Dance Festival to be performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Melissa trained at New World School of the Arts and spent summers with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and Chautauqua Ballet. In 2012, Melissa was nominated for a Princess Grace Award. Some of her favorite performances in which she has had the honor of dancing include Bill T. Jones’ Serenade/The Proposition, William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, Dwight Rhoden’s Artifice, Sasha Janes’ Last Lost Chance, Mark Diamond’s Bolero, Jacqulyn Buglisi’s Requiem 9. 11 and the Lilac Fairy in Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s Sleeping Beauty. Melissa has premiered two original pieces of choreography, Artificially Exposed and Yappos at Paalam with North Carolina Dance Theatre.
Pre-event voting has closed. If you are attending Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte, there will be opportunities to vote for your favorite Star Pair at the event.