Melanie’s dance journey began when she was 10 years old, with the help of Betty Matheson. Betty began teaching classes at the KOC in Sydney which got the ball rolling for Melanie. Soon, she found herself surrounded by the music and culture, attending and dancing in concerts, and getting to as many square dances as she could. She took great influence from greats like Harvey Beaton, Mary Janet MacDonald, and Rodney MacDonald, appreciating their close to the floor, light on their feet, traditional styles. By age 16, she began teaching classes herself and has done so for years since. She also leads in square dance workshops, having experience with Féis an Eilein, the Cape Breton Fiddlers Association and here at the Gaelic College.