Freelance Choreographer
Melissa Lanham

 Melissa began her professional career as a dancer in Sydney working with some of Australia foremost independent chroeographers and commercial artists.  For several years she danced in works for Double Vision, Darc Swan, Kinetic Energy, Sue Spence, Annette Eyland and Chrissie Coltai.  In commercial work she danced on television for Channel 7 as a back up dancer for Karen Knowles, Julie Anthony, the Australian Opera and Tommy Tycho amongst other commercial work.  

She then moved into independent work after gaining a post graduate Qualification in Dance Therapy and spent many years instigating and facilitating social inclusion projects in Queensland.  She has choreographed for many years across South East Queensland in Teriary and Secondary Schools.  Melissa received the Maroochy Shire Achievers Cultural Award for her services to dance and moved to the U.K to work at DanceEast.   Whilst there she worked with companies Henri Oguike, and Britten Sinfonia on a multi layered project out of the Bury St. Edmunds Cathedral and with Bare Bones (Birmingham)on their regional tours.  She choreographed for several youth dance companies, led and facilitated community based projects in south east England.

Since returning to Australia, Melissa now teaches and choreographs constantly and extensively throughout Australia and has continually facilitated projects throughout S.E Qld.  In 2015 she choreographed Counter World - where she brought in 150 students across 9 schools in one complete performance with plans to repeat this work again in following years.  Melissa also began the concept development of LIssaJane Dance Second Work 'Soul Windows' at the Judith Wright Centre and performed at the Caloundra Regional Gallery.      She sits on the Regional Arts Development Panel and with her business partner runs her own dance company LissaJane Dance Pty Ltd. where she brings in well respected artists and designers to produce works that fuse movement, text, original scores and rich visual design.

LissaJane Dance's latest work 'Vincent' has just premiered at the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2016 to rave reviews and an award before touring with plans for 'Vincent' to now tour nationally and internationally in 2017.  Two news works are currently in development.