Learn about our incredible cast of seasoned, professional, and skilled instructors, all of whom hold extensive teaching experience and are highly specialized in their genres. We are proud of our staff family!
Melissa Robinson's teaching career spans over 30 years. As a Houston area native who has trained in all genres of dance since the age of 3, she began teaching over three decades ago and in 1995 founded Masters of Dance in Sugar Land, Texas. After training both recreational and competitive dancers for 10 years, she converted her highly successful Masters of Dance program into an elite competition studio, Masters Upper Level, in 2005. After selling the studio in 2007, she remained on faculty as an instructor, choreographer and Artistic Director from 2005-2019. Over the course of her career, Melissa has trained thousands of dancers, many of whom have gone on to dance in some of the most prestigious collegiate dance programs in the nation, or have danced on Broadway, on cruise ships, and more. Her graduates have worked with top names in the entertainment industry such as Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Missy Elliot and more, and many have pursued dance careers as teachers, choreographers and studio owners. Melissa's choreography has received numerous high scores and accolades at the regional and national level, and her students have placed among the top in the nation. Melissa’s passion has always been in preparing dancers for the stage and performance through her unique brand of professional training. Melissa is looking forward to bringing her expertise, knowledge, and training to the TADA dancers and staff for the coming 2019-2020 season. Email Miss Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Bertrand has been dancing since the age of 2 1/2. It is her first love and passion. The training that made her into the dancer and teacher she is today came from Melissa Robinson, who became Kim’s teacher and mentor when she was 14. Kim has trained in all genres of dance, but is most comfortable in her tap shoes. She is known for her high energy tap style. Most recently, Kim was named the American Tap Company's South Regional Director, an honor she is very proud of. As a dancer, Kim won many solo regional and national awards. She was privileged
enough to train with some of the biggest names in the industry, such as Savion Glover and Debbie Dee. As a teacher and choreographer, her students have won many group and individual high point honors on the regional and national level. In 2018, she had a soloist, a duet and a group take home the gold medal in their divisions at the American Tap Championships. Additionally, Kim has been awarded many regional and national choreography awards. She is very proud of the impact she has on the students she teaches. Many of her students go on to
pursue professional dance careers and can now be seen on Broadway, dancing on cruise ships and along side some of the biggest names in pop culture such as Beyoncé, Missy Elliott, Usher, and Ne-Yo.
Aside from her dancing, Kim graduated Magna Cum Laude from Houston Baptist University with a double major in Business Administration and Management. She is blessed with a loving and supportive husband and two beautiful children. Kim is excited for the opportunity to work with the TADA dancers and become part of the TADA family. Email Miss Kim at email@example.com
Marrisha Babineaux has been studying and competing in all styles of dance since the age of five. Marrisha performed as a principle dancer for Lamar University under the direction of Brixey Blankenship. Prior to and during this time, Marrisha performed in shows produced by Beaumont City Performing Arts, danced at the Alvin Ailey School of Dance in New York City at their summer intensive program, and also participated as a contestant on the national hit show Showtime at the Apollo as a representative from Houston after winning the spot from numerous contestants across the city. As a result of this notoriety, she landed a position for McDonalds as a company representative at conventions across the nation. Marrisha’s dance accolades are numerous. Most memorably, she won the Scene Interactive Award where her video and headshot were posted for a year for choreographers in search for dancers, and also the DDO Artist Agency Award which allowed her to be represented and contracted by DDO as a dance professional at the age of 18. Upon graduating from Lamar she began her career at Masters, the Upper Level(MUL) as a teacher/choreographer under Artistic Director Melissa Robinson. During her time there, her students won numerous first place regional and national championships; her most recent was the Mini Large Intermediate Group Ultimate Challenge and Choreography Award of 2019 at the Hall of Fame Nationals. While Miss Marrisha teaches a variety of ages and levels, she is also contracted with the Universal Dance Association for Collegiate, Secondary and Primary Students, teaching and choreographing for local high schools. In 2019 her students won numerous top awards for regional school competitions. Marrisha will be teaching at the Woodlands and West locations, and working closely with Team TADA.
Lexi Lee grew up in Alabama and began dancing at age 3. After moving to Texas in 2005, she continued her competitive dance training at Prodigy Dance and Performing Art centre studying Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary and Hip Hop. In her youth, Lexi traveled all over the nation competing as a group member and soloist winning numerous overall and standout awards from various competitions and conventions including NUVO, Star Power, Jump, NYCDA, Hall of Fame, and Dance Awards Studio of the Year to name a few. Lexi received her BFA in Performance and Choreography from Texas State University. She had the honor of working with various choreographers from all over the world as a member of the Pre-Professional Dance Company, Merge Dance Co. Lexi was also a company member and the financial director of Orchesis Dance Company throughout her college career. During this time, she had the opportunity to train at multiple studios such as Broadway Dance center, Peridance Capezio Center and Gibney Dance in New York. Her Senior year of college Lexi was awarded the Karen Earl Scholarship for Choreography and Performance - one of the highest honors a dance major can receive at Texas State. Lexi's passion for performing is only matched by her passion for teaching dance. Lexi began assistant teaching at age 15 and has continued her teaching career ever since. Lexi has taught and choreographed all styles of dance and has received numerous winning choreography awards both regionally and nationally. Her versatility and energy in the classroom is unparalleled. Lexi is thrilled to share her love for dance with TADA students at both the West and Woodlands locations in the 2019-2020 season.
Brooke Barnes-Meeks graduated from The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA), and now Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts where she received “The Most Outstanding Dance Major Award”. Mrs. Barnes-Meeks received dance training from Margo Marshall School of Ballet, Houston Ballet, Hartford Ballet, Santa Fe Dance Foundation, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. She has danced classical and contemporary works with Houston Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Sandra Organ Dance Company, The Lula Elzy New Orleans Dance Theatre, Leanna Sparacino and Company Dancers, Dorrell Martin Dance Fusion, Psophonia Dance Company, Second Generation Dance Company, Kuumba House Dance Theater, Houston Grand Opera where she has performed as a dancer and featured dancer in “Mefistofele”, two productions of “Aida”, “Prince Igor”, Florencia en el Amazonas”, “Eugene Onegin”, “Samson and Delilah”, and “La Traviata”. Mrs. Barnes- Meeks has also danced with City Dance Company where she has completed two European tours, and Michele Brangwen Dance Company where she has completed two Sweden tours. Mrs. Barnes-Meeks has performed in Univision Television’s “Selena Vive!”, at The Apollo Theater as a guest performer, and with Regina Belle as a guest dancer.
She has choreographed productions for University of Houston Downtown’s Theatre Department and has appeared in and choreographed touring theatrical productions with Thomas Meloncon’s Truth Theater Productions, I’m Ready Productions, Express Theatre, and has choreographed and appeared in theatre productions as well as films with So-Mee Productions. Mrs. Barnes-Meeks is an HSPVA consultant and has directed and choreographed musicals for HSPVA’s All School Black History Productions, taught classes, directed and choreographed musicals for the theatre department, choreographed various productions for the vocal department, taught ballet, creative movement, and choreographed musicals for Westbury Christian School, as well as taught ballet, other forms of dance, and choreographed for many other schools, dance studios, dance companies, arts programs, and various organizations including most recently the all male a cappella chorus, Houston Tidelanders Chorus! She absolutely loves spending time with her wonderful and supportive family! Currently, she is honored and ecstatic to be a part of the incredible faculty at the amazing TADA West!