Melissa Porter

Core Dancer (Jan 2012 – Present)

Stylizations:
Contemporary and Tribal Fusion Belly Dance
Specialties:
Finger Cymbals, Fan Veils, Costume Design
Miscellaneous:
Affiliations:

2012 – Present  |  Seraka Dance Company (Core Dancer)

 


 

Curriculum Vitae

Certifications  |  Intensives  |  Study  |  Production  |  Performance

 

This CV is comprehensive and includes information that is current as of 01 October 2018. Items marked with an asterisk (*) are scheduled and pending completion. For more information about the items listed below please contact Melissa directly.

 


Certifications

Dark Side Dance Program by Audra Simmons
  • 2015 Sep 20  |  Certified Stage 2: Lavender (35 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
    2014 Nov 18  |  Certified Stage 1: Basic Black (24 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
    2013 Nov 17  |  Certified Stage 1: Basic Black (24 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
8 Elements by Rachel Brice
  • 2015 May 27  |  Recognized Phase 1: Initiation (40 hrs)  |  Portland OR

Intensives

Audra Simmons (CAN)
  • 2018 Jun 29-Jul 08  |  Take it Back 2 (51 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
  • 2015 Sep 20  |  Creativity Collage (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2015 Sep 20  |  Start Simply (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2015 Sep 15-20  |  DSDP: Lavender Intensive  (35 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2015 Jun 14  |  Interior Design: Dancing Choreo (3 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2015 Jun 13  |  Build the Foundation: Drills & Combos (3 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2015 Jun 12-13  |  Basic Black Tune Up (6 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2014 Nov 14-18  |  DSDP: Basic Black Intensive (24 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2013 Nov 14-17  |  DSDP: Basic Black Intensive (24 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
  • 2013 Oct 27  |  ATS® Roots & Branches (3 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2012 Sep 26  |  Dark Harvest Festival: Cherry on Top  (3 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
  • 2012 Sep 25  |  Dark Harvest Festival: Technique Toolbox (3 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
  • 2011 Mar 25-27  |  Triple Charm Technique (6 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2011 Jan 21-23  |  Triple Charm Technique (6 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
Claire Turner Reid (CAN)
  • 2018 Jul 06  |  Creative Movement Workshop (2 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
Rachel Brice (US)
  • 2015 May 23-27  |  8 Elements Phase 1: Initiation (40 hrs)  |  Portland OR
Heather Labonté (CAN)
  • 2015 Jan 26  |  Badass Drills & Cozy Combos (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2012 Aug 05  |  Lyrical Bellydance (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s, NL
  • 2012 Aug 05  |  Brass Tacks (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s, NL
  • 2011 Aug 21  |  Work Hard, Play Hard (5 hrs)  |  St. John’s, NL
Kristine Jennes (CAN)
  • 2014 Sep 14  |  Draw ‘Em In Workshop (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2014 Sep 14  |  Golden Workshop (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
Sarah Skinner (CAN)
  • 2014 Sep 07  |  Hard Candies (2 hrs)  |  Twillingate NL
  • 2014 Sep 06  |  Skirt Workshop, Part 2 (2 hrs)  |  Twillingate NL
  • 2014 Sep 06  |  Skirt Workshop, Part 1 (2 hrs)  |  Twillingate NL
  • 2012 Jun 24  |  BD At The Party; Saidi & Zeffa (1.5 hrs)  |  Grandfalls-Windsor NL
  • 2012 Jun 24  |  Floorwork (1.5 hrs)  |  Grandfalls-Windsor NL
  • 2012 Jun 23  |  Fan Veils (1.5 hrs)  |  Grandfalls-Windsor NL
  • 2012 Jun 23  |  Intro to Belly Dance (2 hrs)  |  Grandfalls-Windsor NL
April Rose (USA)
  • 2014 Aug 24  |  Releasing Techniques for Belly Dancers  (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2014 Aug 24  |  The Graceful and The Grotesque (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2014 Aug 23  |  Tribal Improv (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2014 Aug 23  |  Basic Tribal Fusion Technique  (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2014 Aug 23  |  Mad Multi-Tasking  (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2014 Aug 22  |  Belly Dance at the Turn of the Century  (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
Laura Selenzi (CAN)
  • 2014 Jun 08  |  Spins & Arms (1 hr)  |  Grand Falls-Windsor NL
  • 2014 Jun 08  |  Cabaret Serpentine Combos (w/M. Ryan) (2 hrs)  |  Grand Falls-Windsor NL
  • 2014 Jun 07  |  Performance Prep (2 hrs)  |  Grand Falls-Windsor NL
  • 2014 Jun 07  |  Shimmera 1 Review (w/M. Ryan)  (2 hr)  |  Grand Falls-Windsor NL
  • 2013 May 26  |  Bollywood Bellydance (w/M. Ryan) (2 hrs)  |  Grand Falls-Windsor NL
  • 2013 May 26  |  1001 Shimmies (1 hr)  |  Grand Falls-Windsor NL
  • 2013 May 25  |  Private Sword Lesson (w/M. Ryan) (2 hrs)  |  Grand Falls-Windsor NL
  • 2013 May 25  |  Veil & Double Veil (1 hrs)  |  Grand Falls-Windsor NL
  • 2013 May 25  |  Drunken Master (w/M. Ryan) (2 hrs)  |  Grand Falls-Windsor NL
  • 2013 May 04  |  Folklore Sampler (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2013 May 03  |  Professional Performance Q&A (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
Monique Ryan (CAN)
  • 2014 Jun 08   |  Floorwork (1 hr)  |  Grand Falls-Windsor NL
  • 2014 Jun 08  |  Cabaret Serpentine Combos (w/L. Selenzi) (2 hrs)  |  Grand Falls-Windsor NL
  • 2014 Jun 07  |  Snaky Serpentine Combos (1 hr)  |  Grand Falls-Windsor NL
  • 2014 Jun 07  |  Shimmera 1 Review (w/L. Selenzi) (2 hr)  |  Grand Falls-Windsor NL
  • 2013 May 26  |  Bollywood Bellydance (w/L. Selenzi) (2 hrs)  |  Grand Falls-Windsor NL
  • 2013 May 26  |  Intro to Tribal Fusion (1 hr)  |  Grand Falls-Windsor NL
  • 2013 May 25  |  Private Sword Lesson (w/L. Selenzi) (2 hrs)  |  Grand Falls-Windsor NL
  • 2013 May 25  |  Hooping Beginners (1 hrs)  |  Grand Falls-Windsor NL
  • 2013 May 25  |  Drunken Master (w/L. Selenzi) (2 hrs)  |  Grand Falls-Windsor NL
Vanessa Matthews (CAN)
  • 2014 Dec 01  |  ATS Jam Session (1.5 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2014 Aug 27  |  Drop In Technique, Level 2-3 (1 hr)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2014 Jul 30  |  Fluid Extensions & Lyrical Combos (1.5 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2014 Jul   |  3/4 Shimmies & Other Fun Layers (1.5 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
Karen McBride (CAN/UK)
  • 2014 Jan 12  |  Top Speed Turns (1.5 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
Heather Stants (USA)
  • 2012 Sep 30  |  Dark Harvest Festival: Building Movement and Choreo (4 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
  • 2012 Sep 29  |  Dark Harvest Festival: Expand Your Territory (3 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
  • 2012 Sep 28  |  Dark Harvest Festival: Core Conscious Technique (3 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
Mira Betz (USA)
  • 2012 Sep 30  |  Dark Harvest Festival: Dynamics in Space (4 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
  • 2012 Sep 29  |  Dark Harvest Festival: Dynamics in Time (4 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
  • 2012 Sep 28  |  Dark Harvest Festival: Movement Through Intention (4 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
Samantha Emanuel (UK)
  • 2012 Sep 27  |  Dark Harvest Festival: Current Combination Play (3 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
  • 2012 Sep 26  |  Dark Harvest Festival: Nooks and Crannies (3 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
  • 2012 Sep 25  |  Dark Harvest Festival: Conditioning for Fusion (3 hrs)  |  Toronto ON
Andrea Kitta (CAN/USA)
  • 2012 Apr  |  Intro to ATS, Part 2 (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2010 Jan 04  |  Andrea Intensive 2 (3 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL
  • 2008 Jul 23  |  Take It To The Club (2 hrs)  |  St. John’s NL

Study

Company Rehearsals
  • 2012-present | Seraka Dance Company (4-8 hrs/wk) | St. John’s NL
Regular Classes with Seraka Studios
  • 2014 Fall | Seraka Studios: Technique L2/3 (1.5 hrs/wk) | St. John’s NL
Regular Classes with Wild Lily Dance Centre
  • 2012 Winter | Performance Group with Wendy Osmond (1 hr/wk) | St. John’s NL
  • 2012 Winter | Locks & Layers (1 hr/wk) | St. John’s NL
  • 2011 Fall | Performance Group with Wendy Osmond (1 hr/wk) | St. John’s NL
  • 2011 Fall | Ballet Beginners with Wendy Osmond (1 hr/wk) | St. John’s NL
  • 2011 Summer | Improv & Intuition with Lori Savory (1.25 hrs/wk) | St. John’s NL
  • 2011 Winter | WLDC: Skills & Drills with Vanessa Matthews (1 hr/wk) | St. John’s NL
  • 2010 Winter | Props with Lori Savory(1 hr/wk) | St. John’s NL
  • 2009 Winter | Skills & Drills with Vanessa Matthews (1 hr/wk) | St. John’s NL
Regular Classes with MUN Ballroom Dance Society
  • 2012 Winter | Ballroom L3 (1 hr/wk) | St. John’s NL
  • 2011 Fall | Ballroom L2 (1.5 hrs/wk) | St. John’s NL
  • 2011 Summer | BR Summer Special (1 hr/wk) | St. John’s NL
  • 2011 Winter | Ballroom L2 (1.5 hrs/wk) | St. John’s NL
  • 2010 Fall | Ballroom L1 (1.5 hrs/wk) | St. John’s NL
  • 2010 Winter | Ballroom L1 (1.5 hrs/wk) | St. John’s NL
Regular Classes with The Neighbourhood Strays Belly Dance Centre
  • 2008 Fall | Intermediate Veils (1 hr/wk) | St. John’s NL
  • 2007 Fall | Beginners Belly Dance (1 hr/wk) | St. John’s NL

Teaching

Regular Classes with Seraka Studios
  • 2014 Fall  | TA for Fundamentals (5 hrs)  |  St John’s NL
Workshops with Seraka Dance Company
  • 2012 – Pres  |  TA for Private Workshops  |  St. John’s NL

Production

Seraka Dance Company
  • 2018 Oct 06 |  Caravanserai: After Dark (Producer, Choreographer)
  • 2018 Jan 27  |  Synthesis: Audacity (Producer)
  • 2017 Nov 11  |  Unknown (Producer, Director, Choreographer)
  • 2017 Feb 25  |  Synthesis: Un Deux Trois (Producer)
  • 2016 Nov 13  |  Aqueous (Producer, Director, Choreographer)
  • 2016 Jan 30  |  Synthesis: Winter Blues (Producer)
  • 2015 Sep 11  |  A Night at the Caravanserai: Vaudeville (Producer, Choreographer)
  • 2015 Jan 24  |  Synthesis: Contemporary (Producer)
  • 2014 Sep 13  |  A Night at the Caravanserai: Vaudeville (Producer, Choreographer)
  • 2014 Feb 01  |  Synthesis: Speakeasy (Producer)
  • 2013 Oct 05  |  A Night at the Caravanserai: Silk Road (Producer, Choreographer)
  • 2013 Jun 22  |  Synthesis: Solos & Duets (Producer)
  • 2012 Sep 15  |  A Night at the Caravanserai (Producer, Choreographer)

Performances

2018
  • *Oct 13 | Here Kitty Kitty’s “I Like Big Books” (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • *Oct 06 | Seraka Dance Co’s “Caravanserai: After Dark” (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
2017
  • Nov 11 | Seraka Dance Co’s “Unknown” (Cast)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Aug 19 | Honey Fury’s “Burlesque Boil Up” (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Jul 13 | Pride Week Celebrations (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Jun 02 | The Prideful Strut: A Fundraiser for St. John’s Slutwalk  (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • May 27 | Neighbourhood Strays’ “Dance On The Edge 9” (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Apr 10 | Jennifer Brown’s “Live Magazine, Vol 2, Issue 6” (Seraka/Solo)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Mar 30 | MUNSU/Planned Parenthood’s “Pleaseway at the Breezeway” (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Mar 25 | Island Belles’ “Hello Sailor” (Seraka/Solo)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Feb 25 | Seraka Dance Company’s “Synthesis: Un Duex Trois” (Solo)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Feb 11 | Here Kitty Kitties “Attack of the Tassels” (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Feb 4 | Lou Lou Applebottom’s “St. John’s Sideshow Spectacular” (Seraka)  |  St. John’s NL
2016
  • Nov 26 | Island Belles’ “A Night of Burlesque” (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • Nov 13 | Seraka Dance Co’s “Aqueous” (Cast/Solo) | St. John’s NL
  • Sep 16 | Honey Fury’s “Dirty 30” (Solo) | St. John’s NL
  • Sep 10 | Island Belles’ “Exposed” (Seraka/Solo) | St. John’s NL
  • Jun 25 | Island Belles’ “Misbehaving” (Seraka/Solo) | St. John’s NL
  • May 14 | Neighbourhood Strays’ “Dance on the Edge 8” (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
2015
  • Nov 28 | Tuckamore Dance Company’s “Naturally” (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • Nov 20 | Island Belles’ “Burlesque Rewind” (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • Sep 11 | Seraka’s “A Night at the Caravanserai” (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • Aug 08-09 | Annual Downtown St. John’s Busker Festival (Seraka) |  St. John’s NL
  • Jun 20 | Lori Savory’s “SHE” (Solo) | St. John’s NL
  • Jun 07 | Head2Toe Women’s Show (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • May 09 | Neighbourhood Strays’ “Dance on the Edge 7” (Seraka) |  St. John’s NL
  • Jan 24 | Seraka’s “Synthesis: Contemporary” (Solo) | St. John’s NL
2014
  • Nov 08 | Tuckamore Dance Company’s “Premier Showcase” (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • Oct 24 | Danielle Aubut’s “PPS Aerial Tournament in Hong Kong Fundraiser” (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • Oct 18 | The Island Belles’ “A Burlesque Blood Bath” (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • Sep 19 | Head2Toe Women’s Show “Girls Night Out” (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • Sep 13 | Seraka’s “A Night at the Caravanserai: Vaudeville (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • Aug 23 | Wild Lily Dance Centre’s “Roses of the Rock, April Rose Gala Show” (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • Jul 23 | Larmon-Croake Wedding (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • Jul 05 | Island Belles’ “All Pinned Up” (Seraka + Solo) | St. John’s NL
  • Jun 27 | Town of Placentia’s “Multicultural Celebration” (Seraka) | Placentia NL
  • Jun 06 | Shi Moves’ “Shimmera 2 Gala” (Seraka) | Grandfalls Windsor NL
  • May 31 | Sahara Dancers’ “Spring Sparkle Gala with Sarah Skinner” (Seraka) | Twillingate NL
  • May 17 | Neighbourhood Strays’ “Dance on the Edge 6” (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • Feb 01 | Seraka’s “Synthesis: Speakeasy” (Solo) | St. John’s NL
2013
  • Dec 07 | Find the Floor Dance Collective’s Fundraiser Show (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • Oct 05 | Seraka’s “A Night at the Caravanserai: Silk Road” (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • Aug 30 | Heather Labonté’s “Ablaze” (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • Aug 24 | Private Even (Wedding) (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • Aug 17 | Eastern Edge’s “24 Hour Art Marathon” (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • Aug 10 | Island Belles’ “Wheels & Heels 3” (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • Jul 27 | CBC’s “World Soccer Day” Pavillion (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • Jun 22 | Seraka’s “Synthesis: Solos & Duets” (Solo) | St. John’s NL
  • Jun 10 | Dance NL’s Annual General Meeting (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • May 24 | ShiMoves’ “Shimmera” (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • May 11 | Island Belle’s “Full Frontal Nerdity” (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • May 05 | Neighbourhood Strays’ “Dance on the Edge 5” (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • Mar 24 | MWONL’s Cultural Festival (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • Mar 02 | Amanda Chretien’s “Red Hot” (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • Jan 19 | Island Belle’s “Shaken & Stirred” (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • Jan 17 | OvationNL’s “Celebration of Women” (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
2012
  • Dec 07 | Private Event: Improvizing to Live Music (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • Nov 03 | Island Belle’s “For The Girls” (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • Sep 27 | Dark Side Studio’s “Dark Harvest Gala” (Seraka) | Toronto, ON
  • Sep 15 | Seraka’s “A Night at the Caravanserai: Carnivale” (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • Aug 04 | Heather Labonte’s “Mauzy Elegance” (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • Jun 09 | Island Belles’ “Burlesque’s Most Wanted” (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • May 18 | Neighbourhood Strays’ “Dance on the Edge 4” (Seraka/WLDC) | St. John’s NL
  • Mar 31 | Bazaar Dance Showcase (WLDC) | St. John’s NL
  • Mar 18 | NDW’s “Do You Think You Can Dance 2012” (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • Feb 25 | Amanda Chretien’s “Red Hot” (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
  • Feb 11 | Burly Q Babies’s “One Night Stand” (Seraka) | St. John’s NL
2011
  • Dec 14  |  Student Showcase hosted by Wild Lily Dance Centre (ensemble)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Apr 21  |  WLDC’s Student Showcase (ensemble)  |  St. John’s NL
2010
  • Mar 28  |  Student Showcase hosted by Wild Lily Dance Centre (ensemble)  |  St. John’s NL
2009
  • Dec 09  |  Student Showcase hosted by Wild Lily Dance Centre (ensemble)  |  St. John’s NL
2008
  • Nov 27  |  Student Hafla hosted by The Neighbourhood Strays (NHS)  |  St. John’s NL
  • Jul 27  |  Summer Dance hosted by Kittiwake Dance Theatre (ensemble)  |  St. John’s NL
  • May 22  |  Dance on the Edge hosted by The Neighbourhood Strays (ensemble)  |  St. John’s NL