Melissa Wilhoit has over twenty years experience teaching dance to children and adults. She began her dance training at Arlington Center for Dance at the age of five and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from George Mason University. During her time at GMU, Melissa was sent out as a dance ambassador to the community, performing a contemporary version of The Firebird with the Alexandria Symphony for public school children from all over the county in addition to a number of other outreach performances. She was also selected by GMU staff to teach a residency for a selective gifted students summer program on campus. Melissa studied Teaching Methodology under Risa Steinberg in New York City, and completed the Professional Studies Program with the José Limón Dance Company studying under the tutelage of Risa, Betty Jones, Alan Danielson, Carla Maxwell, Roxanne D’Orleans Juste, Carol Mezzacappa, Maxine Steinman, Sue Bernhard, Jim May, and Geraldine Cardiel, additionally interning with the company and performing Limón, Sokolow, and Weidman repertory. In tandem with extensive training with the Limón Company, she regularly studied contemporary modern under David Leventhal and other Mark Morris Dance Company members, Horton technique at the Ailey School and Steps on Broadway, and ballet under Kenny Larson, Ashley Tuttle, Graciela Kozak, and Yuka Kawazu. Melissa has taught master classes and residencies all over New York City, Virginia, Maryland, the Washington, D.C. metro area, and most recently in Asheville, NC.
Melissa danced with Crossroads Dance Project in Washington, D.C., and for Arron Wendel and Dancers, Laura Flowers, MasterMusings, and Buglisi Dance Theatre for the ‘Table of Silence’ project in NYC. Melissa’s choreography has been performed by the GMU Dance Company, Crossroads Dance Project, Horizons Dance Company, Breath of Heaven Gospel Theatre, and Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre, and has been presented in NYC at Soundance, the International Young Choreographer’s Showcase, the Puffin Room, the José Limón Institute, the Whitney Altria, Chelsea Piers, the Time Life Hispanic Heritage Celebration, Arts in Bushwick, Secret Project Robot, Chez Bushwick, and Grace Exhibition Space.
For the past thirteen years Melissa directed a non-profit arts program that provided free dance classes to over 1200 children annually in under-served neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens, New York. Since relocating to Asheville in 2016, Melissa has happily connected to the local dance community, performing for Kathy Meyers Leiner and Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre, guest teaching at the Asheville School and other area high schools, creating choreography for local schools, studios, and Buncomb County Dance Day, and presenting choreography in Women's Work, a celebration of female choreographers at the BeBe Theatre.
Kevin received much of his ballet training from Anna Marie Holmes and David Holmes. He trained in summer sessions at UNCSA and the National Academy of Arts with Petrus Bosman. Overbey made numerous trips to NYC to train with master teachers such as Madame Darvash, David Howard, and Wilhelm Burmann.
Overbey danced professionally for more than 15 years with nationally recognized companies such as the San Antonio Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and Nevada Ballet Theatre. He was a guest performer in several productions with Ballet Tennessee, and Dance Alive in Florida. In his professional career he danced roles such as the Cavalier, Snow King and lead Waltz in the “Nutcracker,” Dracula in “Dracula,” one the four couples in Balanchine’s “Allegro Brillante,” and worked with many of the current choreographers. He also performed in the acclaimed Bally’s show “Jubilee” in Las Vegas, and “Red Hot” in Shanghai China.
Overbey taught ballet throughout his performing career. He taught company class for Ballet Tennessee, and was on the staff of Academy of Nevada Ballet Theater, teaching advanced ballet for several years. Overbey has a degree in Education from University of Nevada Las Vegas which helped him associate ballet pedagogy with the physical, mental and psychological developmental stages of his students.
Overbey is the Director of Southside Dance Studio, and he is the main ballet teacher for the school. He brings a rich, eclectic knowledge of ballet technique, and an ability to make that technique comprehensible to his students. He has been successful in helping his students transform technique into artistry and has several former students who have or are dancing professionally.
Overbey has been teaching ballet since 1980, and is a lifetime learner. He continues to study the latest teaching theories, as well as anatomy and kinesiology. For his knowledge, experience, and success as a master teacher of ballet Overbey gives thanks to his Heavenly Father.