MELANIE EAKMAN is a native of Indianapolis and graduated cum laude in Jazz Dance from Point Park University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2009. She had the pleasure of working with distinguished instructors including Kiesha Lalama, Jason McDole, Susan Stowe and Ronald Tassone. While in Pittsburgh, she also performed as an apprentice with The Pillow Project under the direction of Pearlann Porter. Melanie received her early training from Jordan Academy of Dance of Butler University under the instruction of Larry Attaway, Laura Hedges-Byram and Roberta Wong. She attended summer workshops at Interlochen Arts Camp, Jordan Academy of Dance and Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre. In the summer of 2009, she joined Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre as a company member. In 2012 Melanie attended Jazz Dance Congress as part of continuing education. Melanie is delighted to be an instructor at The Academy of GHDT.