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Melissa Lowe

Professor, Dance

Director, Student Services and Advising

Ina Gittings Bldg, Room 121
520-621-1387

Melissa Lowe studied dance in New York City at the School of American Ballet with master teachers, most notably Stanley Williams and Alexandra Danilova. She continued her training in New York, earning a scholarship to the American Ballet Theatre School, under the direction of Leon Danielian and Patricia Wilde, where she was an apprentice to the company.
Upon graduating high school from Professional Children’s School in New York City, Ms. Lowe joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre as a Soloist. Positions followed as a Soloist with the Houston Ballet and Principal Dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle.

Ms. Lowe has performed nationally and internationally as a company member or guest artist in more than 100 different works. Her diverse repertory, spanning classical ballet to neoclassical and modern, includes works by a wide range of prolific choreographers such as Rudi Van Dantzig, Mark Morris, Douglas Nielsen, Martine Van Hammel, James Clouser, Ruth Page, Frederic Franklin, and Ben Stevenson.

From 1984 to 1987 Ms. Lowe served as an Assistant Professor of Ballet at Indiana University and Director of the Pre-College Ballet Program there. Ms. Lowe holds the position of Professor at the University of Arizona where she teaches in the School of Dance in the ballet area of the BFA curriculum and coordinates and team teaches a course in dance pedagogy. One of her current areas of research led to the development of a movement therapy program in Tucson for breast cancer patients and survivors.

Ms. Lowe has produced four dance instructional DVDs which are marketed by KULTUR International Films LTD, the world’s largest distributor for performing arts films. Her DVD entitled Creative Movement for Children: A Step Towards Intelligence, has led to several invitations in Asia, serving as a panelist and conducting workshops for teachers in early movement education in Tokyo and Hong Kong.

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