Melissa L. Tyler

Melissa L. Tyler

Project Dancer

Melissa L. Tyler embarked on her performing career after very extensive and eclectic training in ballet, jazz, modern, African dance, tap, ballroom, and acting.  While Melissa was earning her B.F. A. degree from Howard University (completed in 2008), she apprenticed in the summers at Evidence: A Dance Company in Brooklyn, NY; Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.  Upon graduating, Melissa danced with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble in Denver and was promoted to principal dancer.  She then was featured by Washington Reflections Dance Company in D.C.; Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company in Kansas City, MO; and the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble in Pittsburgh, which was named one of Dance Magazine's  "25 to Watch" in 2012.  She also toured with Sesame Street Live as Ernie; and performed as aerialist, dancer, and/or dance captain on two cruise ships for the RWS/Holland America Line (2014-2016).

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