Melana Lloyd, M.F.A. Dance – NYU Tisch School of the Arts, is a dancer/singer/actress whose first response to life is movement. Pursuant, she has studied many styles and techniques of dance including: Graham, Cunningham, Horton, Dunham, Gaga, Acrodance, West African, Afro-Caribbean, Katak, Samba, Tap and musical theater. At this moment, she has settled the heart of her practice in Afro-Haitian dance. Other movement forms include: yoga, pilates, Gyrotonics, and Gyrokinesis. She received scholarships to study with noted companies such as: Urban Bush Women, Pilobolus and the Limon Institute. Of this canon she has gleaned and incorporates essential ideas into her teaching practice. Nominated for Teacher of the Year in 2003 and 2008, her approach offers students an opportunity to find the voice of their own movement. An active teacher and performer, what she loves best about the evolution of her career is that it began on the dance floor.