Melanie "Mel" Egbert is the Co-Owner and Director of MelRoe’s School of Dance in Liberty, Missouri and has been teaching dance, tumbling and cheerleading to students of all ages in the Kansas City area for over 29 years.
Melanie began her dance training at the age of 8 and has studied various forms of dance such as tap, jazz, ballet, tumbling, pointe, cheerleading and musical theater. She has had the privilege of taking classes and learning from dance legends such as Debbie Dee, Gus Giordano, Frank Hatchett, Charles Kelly, Bob Rizzo and Joe Tremaine. As a student, Melanie competed in dance and cheerleading competitions and was recognized with many regional and national top-scoring awards.
Rosemary "Roe" Glorioso is the Co-Owner of MelRoe's School of Dance in Liberty Missouri and has been teaching dance for over 25 years. Roe began dancing at the age of 5. She studied dance at Westport Ballet under the instruction of Michael Simms, Liz Simms, and their daughter Susan Hard Simms. She also received tap training from Tom Land. Rosemary has studied multiple genres of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, musical theater, and tumbling. As a young performer, Roe performed in live theater productions such as the musical Oliver! At the Starlight Theatre. She also competed regionally and nationally in dance and tumbling.
With over 14 years of experience, Edith joined the MelRoe’s family at age six where she specialized in various styles including tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, tumbling, modern and contemporary. Throughout her time with us, Edith has trained with professional instructors and choreographers like Mia Micheals, Sonya Tayeh, Dave Scott and countless more. She danced competitively at the MelRoe’s, and after receiving the “Dancer of the Year” award in 2009, she owes a majority of her success and humility to Mel and Roe.
Kelsi is entering her 5th year as a teacher at MelRoes. Originally from Lincoln, NE, Kelsi moved to the Kansas City area 6 years ago to attend school at UMKC. Her dance experience includes competing since age 6 and attending regional and national competitions until graduation.
Shannon began dancing at age 5 and received 14 years of training from MelRoe’s School of Dance. She has studied various styles including tap, jazz, ballet, modern, lyrical, contemporary, tumbling, and hip hop. She danced and tumbled competitively with MelRoe’s and was awarded Dancer of the Year in 2008. In high school, Shannon was on the Truman Starsteppers dance team and attended National Dance Alliance camp with them, where she was made part of the All-American Team. She then attended William Jewell College and was a member of their Crimson Dancers until she graduated in 2016. Shannon choreographed multiple routines for both her high school and college dance teams.
Molly began dancing at age 4 and received 14 years of training from MelRoe’s School of Dance. She trained in tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, hip-hop, and tumbling. Molly competed as a tumbler for seven years and competed as a member of the MelRoe’s Company for six years, receiving the award Dancer of the Year in 2013. In high school, Molly was on the Truman Starsteppers dance team and attended the National Dance Alliance’s national competition, where the team competed to win third in the nation.
Anna Ceperley began her dance training at MelRoe’s School of Dance in 2002. Even though she started her dance career later than most, it has been a passion of hers since a very young age. Anna's love of dance still continues today. She loves seeing her students achieve technical excellence, grow in confidence, perform, and have fun while in the studio and on stage. She loves to see her students learn the art of movement and expression that only dance can provide. Anna's dance career came full circle when she became a teacher with MelRoe's School of Dance in 2011. She teaches ballet, contemporary, demi dancers, tiny tots, and tumble tykes.
Caitlin Lamb has been dancing since the age of four. She began professional ballet training at Kansas City Ballet School when she was thirteen. She studied ballet and pointe six days a week. She received supplemental training in flamenco, modern, jazz, classical variations, pas de deux, and pilates. She spent her summers studying intensively on scholarship at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, BalletMet Columbus, and Kansas City Ballet. While a student at KCBS, she was selected to perform and understudy with the professional company as a ginger, mirliton, waltz of the flowers, and snowflake in the Nutcracker.
Manual "Lukky" Harvey - father, friend, instructor and student of dance. He began hip-hop dancing at the age of six, but it wasn't until his early 20's that he purposed to make dance more than just a weekend hobby but more so a way of life.
Since then he has been blessed with multiple opportunities to share stages with artists like Brandy, Bobby Valentino, Avant and Keisha Cole. Lukky has worked and trained with choreographers like Shane Sparks, Laura Edwards, Jeremy Finney, Dave Scott, Willdabeast Adams, Kay Kay, Yusuf Nasir, Brian Friedman, Kassidy Bright and much more. He's performed at Universal Studios Orlando, The Bronner Brothers Hair Show in Atlanta, GA and appeared twice on the hit dance show "So You Think You Can Dance" in 2010. By God's grace, he has been able to maintain a healthy career, not only in hip-hop but now venturing in other genres of dance. He does not look at himself as an instructor but rather as a servant to all.
Emily began dancing at the age of 4 and trained at MelRoes School of Dance for 12 years, where she danced competitively for six years. She has trained in tap, jazz, ballet, modern, lyrical, contemporary, and musical theater. In 2014 she was named dancer of the year at MelRoe’s. In high school, Emily was on the O’Hara dance team, the Shamrockettes, where she was captain for two years. Emily continues to choreograph for her high school dance team. Her senior year she attended the 2016 Citrus Bowl where she performed at the pre-game show with 600 other dancers and cheerleaders from across the country with the Universal Dance Association.
Born in Vietnam, Zen came to the US in 2013 and instantly fell in love. Spending most of his days studying and teaching, Zen recently graduated with an Associate’s Degree in engineering.
Zen started dancing when he was 15 years old, training in different street styles as well as choreography with his crew, GameOn, in Vietnam. Since moving to the US, he’s trained with several local performers, singers, and actors. Learning from others, he’s the appreciated the diversity from the countless styles and backgrounds he’s encountered.
Malorie Colby began dancing at MelRoe’s at the age of 4. Malorie is trained in a variety of genres including tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, tumbling, contemporary, musical theatre, and pointe. She danced and tumbled competitively for nine years with MelRoe’s and was awarded “Dancer of the Year” in 2015. In high school, she danced on the Truman Starsteppers then moved and continued high school dance team on the Liberty North Golden Girls. She attended UDA camp and made the All American Team two years in a row. She now attends the University of Missouri-Kansas City and is a part of their dance team.
With more than 30 years working in the gymnastics/tumbling industry, Mikel stands as our newest acro & tumbling coach. As a longtime friend of Mel & Roe, Mikel is excited to be back – contributing to the success of our tumbling program. He holds several certifications including USA Gymnastics, Sports Safety and CPR. Mikel can’t wait to start his time as a staff member at MelRoe’s.
Alexandra "Alex" Smith began her dancing at the age of 4 with Iowa DanceForce in Solon, Iowa. At the age of 14, she began training at the University of Iowa Youth Ballet. Performing in various concerts, the most notable was her role as Alice in the UIYB’s production of Alice in Wonderland. Alexandra was also a member and 4-year MVP of the Solon High School Dance Team located in Solon, Iowa.