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My Story

Dance has moved my life in extraordinary ways! I thrive on being in the moment and fully connected to my body and soul. Dancing alone isn't as deeply enjoyable to me as dancing with others. I have excellent teachers and mentors who gave me the tools to be a dancer and the ability and desire to pass them on. I'm deeply committed to bringing the joy of dance to the people I am honored to teach, the audiences I perform for, and sharing stories through my choreography.

Melissa Hinz
Melissa Hinz & Gino Bloomberg

Growing up in western Montana, I've been passionately dancing, singing, and loving the creative process for most of my life. I trained and performed with the Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre before leaving Big Sky country to study on full scholarship at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Then it was off to NYC, where I worked professionally in dance and musical theatre. 

Favorite performance credits:

National Tour: The Will Rogers Follies.

Regional productions: 42nd Street, Crazy For You, South Pacific, Annie Get Your Gun, Gypsy Love, & Kismet.

Between gigs, you'd find me training at Steps On Broadway with master teachers, including Tony Stevens, Chet Walker, Richard Pierlon, Derek Mitchell, Jeff Shade, Ray Hesselink, Steven Sophia, Fabrice Herrault, Debbie Roshe, Elena Kunikova, Edward Ellison, and Randy Skinner to name a few. 


Attending the Broadway Theatre Project directed by Ann Reinking, Circle in the Square Theatre School, and receiving my Yoga Certification from Laughing Lotus NYC profoundly affected me. In addition, I'm proud to have been an original company member and teacher with the House of Roses, directed by Jeff Shade, performing in their first show at Symphony Space. 


Following my heart, I moved to Humboldt County, CA, to live with the love of my life! Becoming a choreographer, teacher, producer, and founder of Move To Dance allowed me to share my passion for dancing with the local community and help students launch their professional careers in dance and musical theatre. 

As the founder and artistic director of Move To Dance, I offer the Youth Training Program designed to meet the needs of dedicated dance students who seek individualized attention to help them reach their goals. In addition, I teach various classes for adults of all ages and offer private lessons, coaching, and choreography commissions. 

Melissa Hinz
Melissa Hinz

I'm honored to be a guest teacher at Sunrise Studios (Vienna, Austria),  Vienna International Ballet Experience (VIBE) (Vienna, Austria & USA), Ballet Beyond Borders (BBB) (USA), and TCDA-IBF Summer Intensive. I won gold, silver, and bronze as a dancer and choreographer at VIBE and BBB and Outstanding School at BBB. 


Co-producing Dancing Stars of Humboldt allowed me to educate, promote, and encourage the talented dancers of Humboldt County while providing low-cost cultural enrichment for the community.


I had the pleasure of passing on my training and experiences through teaching and choreographing at local studios and theatre companies in Humboldt County. Favorite choreography credits: for HLOC (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Mary Poppins, Wizard of Oz, and Damn Yankees); for North Coast Dance (Wizard Of Oz Ballet, West Side Story excerpts, and many original works); and a flash Mob for a birthday surprise! 


To all of the people who have helped shape my dance life, I am forever grateful! I will continue to nurture the spirit and love of dance in all my work. 

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