BiographyA long time resident of the Pacific Northwest, Melissa Noble became a member of the Robert Davidson Dance Company, with which she toured from 1994-1999. Shortly thereafter, she began touring with Aero-Betty of Portland, Oregon. That 1999 tour culminated in performances at the Macy’s Passport shows in San Francisco and Los Angeles, which were broadcast on national TV.
Melissa has also danced and collaborated with many other West Coast dance companies, including AC Peterson and Dancers, Crispin Spaeth Dance, and The Cabiri. Her ongoing exploration of Aerial Dance and Movement Theatre has led her to collaborate with avant garde theatre companies such as Circus Contraption and the Pacific Performance Project. Melissa Choreographed several original works emfor ARC Dance Company, including their world premiere of her aerial dance piece “Beyond Flight” at Meany Hall. Her professional work has most recently been in the Opera world, working with the Kaneko Project on Madama Butterfly, a touring production on which she has served as Choreographer and performer. She has worked on that production at: Madison Opera, Opera Omaha, Opera North Carolina, San Francisco Opera. At the Jacob’s School of Music she Choreographed for The Magic Flute and Die Fledermaus as well as teaching the graduate opera singers in their Opera Op Workshop. Melissa served as Adjunct Faculty for the MFA in Acting program at University of Washington from 1999-2005, and has served as a Guest Instructor at Indiana University (in both the department of Theatre & Drama and the Jacob’s School of Music/Opera). She started the only STOTT PILATES Instructor Certification in the Dance Department at Indiana University, one of first in the United States offered by a University. Most recently she has been teaching Master Classes in Aerial Improvisation at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA.
Currently she and her husband Adam Noble are co-directors of their physical theatre company, the Dynamic Presence Project. Most recently they have mounted original works at On The Boards in Seattle and the Fringe Festival in Indianapolis.
In addition to her extensive background in Modern, Improvisation and Skinner Releasing and Aerial dance, Melissa has also trained in the actor techniques of Tadashi Suzuki with Corey Hansen at University of Northern Iowa, and with Robyn Hunt and Steve Pearson at University of Washington. Aside from her creative work, Melissa is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and certified STOTT PILATESTM Instructor/Instructor Trainer and works extensively with movement re-patterning and injury.