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Conversations with Michela Melone

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michela Melone. 

Hi Michela, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I was born and raised in Italy in a multicultural household. My mom is Brazilian, and my dad is Italian. I started dancing when I was 6 years old, and I booked my first professional dance job when I was 11, dancing for the Global Destination for Shoes (GDS) in Düsseldorf, Germany. In Italy, I worked for Metropolis dance company and Gruppo E-Motion, and I had the opportunity to dance in several important theatres throughout Italy and for the TV show Capodanno 5. I graduated from BYU-Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in dance with an emphasis in choreography and performance with honors from the National Honor Society Of Dance Arts (NHSDA). Then, I moved to Los Angeles, where I now work as a professional dancer, choreographer, and actor. Throughout my career, I had the opportunity to study several dance styles and work with several dance companies, including ViverBrasil, Diavolo Architecture in Motion, Contempo Arts Productions, and with productions for big and small projects, including music videos for The Weeknd, Pink Sweats, Jonah Kagen, and commercials for ZTE, Fabletics, Poshmark, FIFA, and several others. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It hasn’t been a smooth road at all. I remember being always the kid that didn’t go to most parties or wouldn’t hang out with friends as much because I was at the dance studio every single day. Once I got a little older, I started working with a couple of professional dance companies in my city, and I remember it was extremely hard to juggle school and my dance work at that time. I even had a high school professor telling me I was wrong by working for shows, dance companies, and teaching dance while still being in high school. I do understand what she meant, but I already knew my future was dancing. Moving to Los Angeles not knowing anybody was scary, but thanks to a couple of good friends I made along the way, I was able to navigate this amazing town little by little and learn more about my industry. 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a dancer and choreographer. My specialties are Contemporary, Breaking, Hip-Hop, Modern, and Afro-Brazilian. I love experimenting with floorwork and mix different styles together. I am always trying to find new pathways to move. I don’t like to be tied to a style. I obviously recognize the importance of studying a specific style, but I believe in the importance of creating your own style and letting yourself explore. My style includes technique, athleticism, lots of floorwork, and intention. A lot of people ask me what my movement background is because, often my pieces don’t stick to just one genre. I love incorporating different movement qualities and techniques in my work. I also love to explore outside dance. In fact, I do go to Capoeira, wire work, aerial, fight choreography, and acting classes as well. 

Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
Take the risk whenever you can. Take that risk. It’s uncomfortable, but a lot of time worth it. There is no way for us to know if that risk would bring us to something good or not; the only choice is trying. Personally, I must always push myself to take risks because I saw the big difference that risks can make in life. There are some many auditions that I was scared to do; sometimes I tried finding excuses to justify myself. Often, I would say: I am not a good fit for this project, I don’t think they are looking for someone like me, etc. The truth is if they want to see you for an audition just go audition! You are not the one hiring for that project, so your opinion about yourself doesn’t really matter! You will never know how your life can change if you never try to take a risk. Things usually don’t change by themselves, there must be something that allows the change to happen. You want something? Try your best to get it. It can be uncomfortable, hard, and even depressing at times, but at least you will not regret the fact that you haven’t tried. Challenge yourself with kindness, every risk will not being a good change, but no risks will bring no change at all. Every time I go to an audition, I go to class, record a self-tape, and I don’t feel good enough, I try to remember that I will learn something from all that I am doing and eventually use that knowledge for latter opportunities. Look at risks as opportunities to learn with the added bonus that eventually, those risks will bring you something you were hoping and fighting for. Don’t miss out on them! 

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