About

Hello and welcome!

I’m Melissa J. Dixon, formerly a professional dancer, singer and actress who traveled the world for two decades, performing and training others. Then I changed careers and earned a degree in English and communications.

Enter: the corporate world. The new challenges invigorated me. As did the promotions. As did the idea of no longer needing to wear those dreaded tights every day (freedom!).

Always impatient and the proud owner of a voracious appetite to learn more, I recently earned a master’s degree in strategic public relations from The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management while working in communications.

A resource for students and aspiring performing artists

Ask the Entertainment Expert logoBecause I receive a multitude of inquiries about the entertainment industry, I’ve enlisted the expertise of friends from around the globe to participate in a new Ask the Entertainment Expert segment. Please join me on this journey as they share their insight to help you embark on a successful career in the performing and fine arts.

You’ll hear from casting directors, producers, choreographers, singers, actors, photographers, instrumentalists, stunt performers and more. It is my great pleasure to introduce you to their stories. I pray you walk away from them feeling informed, inspired and empowered.

In the archives

I started this blog in 2010 during one of those 30-day blog challenges, and mostly wrote prince tales about my son, the closest thing to perfection on the planet. Eye rolls accepted here, parents, because I’m sure you feel the same way about your kids.

Before and after closing my site a few times, I also wrote about communications.


Let’s connect!


A brief look from there to here

My mom enrolled me and my lopsided haircut in dance when I was 5.
Dance5

Musical theater owned my tween and teenage years.
SITR

A dance scholarship took me to college at UArts.
Pointe

My first professional gig took place in a saloon among roller coasters.
CedarPoint

The next one taught me to samba in Latin Heat. I was also a little bit country.
LH and Country

Then a mouse signed my paycheck for 11 years.
WDW

And I frolicked with felines in Germany.
CATS

I loved bringing art to life with modern dance companies.
Yow

But everything changed when I worked for a fish.
ESPN

And became an ambassador of fun while engaging employees.
Gaylord

Then I began to see the world from a new light.
Aurora


Entertainment resume

MELISSA J. DIXON

(Former) A.E.A. Dancer/Singer/Actress/Model

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES

Reebok New Product Launch

Dancer/Model

KMO Creative, Orlando, FL

BlackBerry Industrial

Backup Dancer for Will.i.am

Maria Terranova Sadovnik LLC, Orlando, FL

Pfizer Industrial

Soloist Singer

Palm Circle Productions, Orlando, FL

Microsoft Corporation Industrial

Staging

Palm Circle Productions, Orlando, FL

Coldwell Banker Industrial

Lead Singer/Dancer

R&R Live, KMO Creative, Las Vegas, NV

Egypt Promotional Commercial

Model

Busch Gardens, Tampa, FL

Touchstone Picture’s “Armageddon”

Extra/Reporter

Central Florida Extras, Orlando, FL

 “CATS” Televised Special “Macavity”

Tantomile

Gardenia Productions, Frankfurt, Germany

Thang Dao Contemporary Dance Festival

Dancer

New York City, NY

Atlantis Opening Film

Dancer/Model

Orlando, FL

Bass Patrol’s “Dirty Bird” Video

Dancer

Take 2 Productions, Jupiter, FL

Daytona 500 Pre-Show

Staging

RFM Productions Inc., Orlando, FL

Disney’s 25th Anniversary Special

Dancer

Walt Disney World, T.D. Waterhouse Orlando, FL

Sea-Doo/Ski-Doo

Dancer/Model

P’zazz Productions, NJ

“WOW” I & II Seminar Videos

Dancer/Model

Busch Gardens, Tampa, FL

“No Butts about It”

Amy

Lauriel Dowers Independent Film
Orlando, FL

“A Christmas Carol Rocks”

Melissa/Self

TiTW Productions, Orlando, FL

*Countless other conventions and special performances

STAGE SHOWS – THEME PARKS – DANCE COMPANIES

“CATS”

Cassandra/Tantomile

Stella Productions, Hamburg, Germany

“Singin’ in the Rain”

Kathy Seldon

Erie Playhouse, Erie, PA

“A Chorus Line”

Bebe

Erie Playhouse, Erie, PA

“Finian’s Rainbow”

Sharon McLonergan

Erie Playhouse, Erie, PA

“Tarzan Rocks!”

Dance Captain/Swing

Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL

Pleasure Island Explosion

Dance Captain/Swing

Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL

“Beauty and the Beast”

Dancer

Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL

“Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween”

Dancer

Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL

Custom Markets Tour 2003

Dancer/Actor

Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL

“Goofy’s Country-Dancin’ Jamboree”

Sarah Jo

Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL

Diamond Horseshoe Saloon

Dancer/Singer

Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL

Olympic show

Dancer

Busch Gardens, Tampa, FL

“Heart of the Country”

Singer/Dancer

Busch Gardens, Tampa, FL

“Latin Heat”

Singer/Dancer

Busch Gardens, Tampa, FL

“Showstoppers”

Singer/Dancer

Cedar Point, Sandusky, OH

Yow Dance

Featured Dancer/Editor/Blogger

Orlando, FL

VOCI Dance Group

Featured Dancer

Orlando, FL

Dafmark Dance Theater Company

Featured Dancer

Erie, PA

Ridge A/G Dance

Director/Choreographer/Dancer

Davenport, FL

Ridge A/G

Worship Leader/Front Line

Davenport, FL

Interests: content strategy, corporate communications, public relations strategies, leadership and development, training programs

Likes: chocolate, swimming, strength training, reading, philosophy, laughing from the gut

Dislikes: rude people, gossip, redundancy, bad grammar

6 thoughts on “About

    • melissajdixon says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Tabby Cat! It obviously is outdated. I’m revamping/reorganizing/refocusing it, and updating the content. I have to publish a few drafts I’m holding, but I’m waiting until the site is ready. 🙂

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  1. Cheryl says:

    Awesome work sister!! You are powerful beyond words, touch the lives of many and leave an unforgettable impression that is everlasting! Love you most!

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