Melissa Hughes aka “Mel” knew that dancing and entertainment was in her soul at an early age. She started training in jazz at Dixon Dance Studio in Brookville, Indiana where she grew up. In high school, Melissa had the opportunity to be captain of her high school dance team. In college she studied Modern, Jazz, and Ballet at Ball State University where she graduated with a PR degree and a Minor in Dance. Melissa moved to Chicago, where she fell in love with the style of Hip Hop. She has been in several Hip Hop Companies including Culture Shock, Quest, Pure Renditionz, Hip Hop ConnXions Chicago, and Purpose By Design. Throughout the years, Mel has trained at, Lou Conte Dance Studio, Visceral Dance Studio, Edge Dance Studio, Millennium Dance Center and Debbie Reynolds Studio in Los Angeles and conventions including Monsters of Hip Hop. Mel has been featured in several music videos in Chicago, and has performed as a back up dancer for recording artist Lucia. Mel performed a dancer in the Flash Mob for Oprah’s 24th Season Kickoff Party on Michigan Avenue, fashion shows, Carnival “Choreographer’s Ball” Chicago, Riverside Casino, fashion shows and performances across the Midwest. Mel has worked as a P.A. for television shows America’s Best Dance Crew, So You Think You Can Dance, and Hip Hop International’s Hip Hop World Championships, in Las Vegas 2008- present. These experiences helped Mel become the performer she is today and she is glad to keep living her dream in the dance and entertainment industry.