DANCER, DANCE TEACHER (BROOKLYN, NY)
Melissa Toogood is a native of Sydney, Australia. She was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company; her tenure included the highly acclaimed Legacy Tour. She has performed with Rashaun Mitchell & Silas Reiner, Kimberly Bartosik, Stephen Petronio Company, Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, Michael Uthoff Dance Theater, Robert Wood Dance, Miro Dance Theater and Pam Tanowitz Dance for which she also serves as Rehearsal Director. She is currently working with Sally Silvers, The Bang Group, Bartosik, Mitchell and Tanowitz. A faculty member at the Merce Cunningham Studio since 2007, she teaches master classes and workshops internationally. Melissa is a 2013 Merce Cunningham Fellow and was a 2013 New York Dance and Performance Award nominee for her performance in Mitchell’s Interface and Tanowitz’s The Spectators. Toogood earned a BFA in Dance Performance from New World School of the Arts, Miami FL under Dean Daniel Lewis.