Claim to Fame
What Lies Beyond... The Beginning (2014)
Profile Bio Text
MELISSA PASTRANA, professional dancer/choreographer, model, actress and fitness trainer was born in New York City of Cuban-American parents, moving to Miami Beach as a young child beginning an artistic career performing in local events. Within a few years, she had already appeared in six Star- Styled Dancewear Magazines as a professional child model with former Pussy Cat Doll, Jessica Sutta and had been invited to appear in TV shows such as Sabado Gigante on Univision Network and Star Search. She performed with Walt Disney Productions and had begun her artistic journey receiving her earliest ballet training under artistic directors, Tony Catanzaro and Lizette Piedra of Ballet Academy of Miami.
Shortly thereafter, PASTRANA received a full scholarship to train with the world-renowned Miami City Ballet School for five years under the directions of Emmy Award Winner, Edward Villella and professional instructors Nancy Raffa, Jimmy Gamonet and Violette Verdi. In 1996, while performing at the Belvoir Terrace Summer Arts Program, Melissa was favorited by four-time Tony Award Winner, Jerry Zak for her musical theater and acting appeal.
PASTRANA continued her professional training at the New World School of the Arts/University of Florida in Musical Theater and Dance/Choreography where she received a BFA degree and became a professional performing artist mastering Vaganova and Neo-classical ballet styles, Jose Limon and Martha Graham modern techniques, Afro-Caribbean, Jazz Funk, Ballroom dancing and Hip-Hop dance styles, to name a few. PASTRANA was selected for “The Search for the Next Pussy Cat Doll” music group through the final cuts and performed for the Television judges on “So You Think You Can Dance.” During her college years, she was awarded the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Award for her exceptional community service work with underprivileged children.
Beginning in 2004, PASTRANA performed with the Florida Grand Opera where she appeared as the principal dancer in Samson Et Dalila, and was casted as actor/dancer in Turandot, Aida, Manon Lescaut, and La Traviata. While continuing her current choreographic and dance career of 20 years, PASTRANA continues to teach and choreograph for fitness and dance special events and community-based projects in South Florida.
MELISSA has appeared in three seasons of EstrellaTV, “Mi Sueño Es Bailar”, Spanish-language Television Network (with a similar format to “Dancing with the Stars”) based out of Los Angeles, California where she is the Performer/Dance Partner/Instructor for international celebrities. PASTRANA succeeded in turning her celebrity, comedian, actor/singer partner “Don Cheto” into a winner becoming Champions of the First Season of “Mi Sueño Es Bailar”.
MELISSA PASTRANA has appeared in numerous magazines and newspaper interviews and publications such as People Magazine, LA Times, Wedding Style Magazine Germany, Huffington Post, Periodico USA, Danza Hoy, El Reportero Las Vegas, Variedades, Excelsior OC, Yahoo News, Noticias 62, Estrellas Hoy, En Vivo, WROM Radio, Diario de el Paso, El Impacial, Lawndale News, Brigitte Magazine Germany, San Antonio Newspaper, El Reportero Nacional, Vida en el Valle, Que Buena Radio, Quinceañera Magazine, among others, where she shares her behind-the-scene experiences with the TV productions, her celebrities and fans, gives instructional tips on dancing and choreographies, and encourages all audiences alike to embrace dance and fitness into their everyday lifestyles.
Among her other accolades, PASTRANA is an AFAA-certified and Zumba Fitness Instructor and enthusiast changing lives and motivating followers everywhere as she encourages healthy living. One of MELISSA’S more recent projects is to develop a web-based fitness and dance program for all ages. PASTRANA will be returning to California to continue training intensively in Acting for Film at the New York Film Academy/NYFA meanwhile collaborating with Miami-based film directors for upcoming feature film projects. She supports the visual and theater arts in South Florida attending and sponsoring events by local artists including Art Basel, Miami City Ballet, and Actor’s Playhouse on Miracle Mile. As an avid animal lover, PASTRANA supports the Humane Society of Greater Miami and has found a happy home for many stray animals over the years. The best way to describe PASTRANA is creative, dedicated, passionate, unpredictable, energetic and fun.
MELISSA PASTRANA is running for the title
of the “Ultimate Miami Girl” and is enamored by living her life Miami style.
Couple Profile Source
New World School of the Arts, BFA, Miami, Florida, 2005 Musical Theater and Dance/Choreography
New York City, NY
Dancer, Choreographer, Model, Actress & Fitness Trainer
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Full Name at Birth
New World School of the Arts College and High School, Miami, Musical Theater and Dance
University of Florida, Miami, Performing Arts, Dean Daniel Lewis, Bambi Anderson, Tina Santos, 2005 4 Years 2001-2005 Trained in all dance styles, PAI/Performing Arts Institute at University of Miami, Coral Gables Florida, Musical Theater, Dean of Voice, 2001 Musical Theater Voice Training, Florida International University, Miami, Stage Combat/Sword Fighting, Instructors Name , 2013 Stage Combat, Sword Fighting, Attacks, Stage Fighting, Ballet Academy of Miami, Coral Gables Florida, Ballet, Jazz, Tony Cantazaro and Lizette Pierda, 1989 2 years- of Russian style ballet
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
RLH Talent Publicity & Productions, Rod L Harrell, Publicist, Media Artists Group, Steve or Agent, Agent, ICON Talent Agency , Janine, Agent
(2014) Barena Beer Commercial, (2013) Commercial for "Aqua Magic" - Actress
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Branding Avatar, Steve Owens, Other