Testimonials

  • What a positive, healthy message this school sends it's young dancers. I am so impressed and moved by how much their well-being matters and is clearly prioritized first. May all dance schools adopt your philosophy & approach.

    Jax Smith
  • My girls have danced at Mellado for 8 years and they absolutely love it. The teachers are amazing and they have made some lifelong friends. The studio is like a family and we all love it.

    Tammy Hannah
  • All the C's you could possibly want in a dance studio: Caring, compassionate, consistent, and creative.

    Silly Rabbit2000
  • I have been taking both of my young granddaughters to Mellado for the past two years - and everything about the studio is fabulous, from the facilities to the staff.

    Jamie Rossi
  • A modern and clean studio with excellent instructors and professional management. My girls absolutely loved it at Mellado! We moved to the Okanagan, otherwise we would still be there every week!!!

    Ken Adams
  • You can tell when you walk into Mellado that it's like a family. My niece has danced here for 7 years and she loves her time spent at the studio and with her teachers. I have also taken a few of the adult courses offered and always felt supported and had a fun experience! The studio is beautiful and the teachers and staff are all so passionate about what they do. I highly recommend Mellado Dance Elite to anyone looking for a positive dance experience!

    Caitlin Riley
  • Highly accredited teachers. Friendly staff. Amazing owner. Beautiful studio! This place feels like a family. I love MDE!!

    Shelby N.
  • The facility is top of the line with air conditioning, spacious dressing rooms, a big waiting area and the main floor studio has a viewing window to watch your little dancer learn. The staff is kind and caring, willing to help however they can. The studio really goes above and beyond to make special moments and have all dancers feel included. In the beginning of the year there was a screen to snap "first day of dance" photos, they have a Valentines box where dancers could send other dancers cards and the end year recital is not your usual dance recital. Mellado Dance Elite puts on a end year production with every year having a different theme, photo booths and professional photography (photos and videos are included in registration fees). Mellado Dance Elite has classes for those wanting to be a competitive dancer and those who just love to dance, with both types having a foundation in FUN.

    Janine Strachan
  • This studio holds a very special place in my heart. I was welcomed with open arms from the second I walked through the doors almost 6 years ago. The staff and studio director are incredible people who have an undying passion for their students, the facility is state of the art, and the dancers have become family. Very professionally run, and provides a safe and encouraging atmosphere for all to explore dance!

    Chelsea Henderson
  • Mellado is a second home for my girls... they don't just love to dance but they love the people they get to learn with. Over the last 13 + years they have had mentors, made lifelong friends and have been given so many opportunities to grow, not only as dances but as wonderful young ladies.

    Debbie Gemmell
  • Mellado Dance Elite is a place where students are encouraged to learn the art of dance,develop self confidence and self expression and make life long, special friendships. For many it's a home away from home. Our daughter has danced with MDE for over 8 years. Opportunities like company programs, solos, community performances and the mentoring program have allowed her to grow as a dancer and develop a sense of self confidence well beyond our expectations. The staff at MDE is amazing!!! The teachers are great role models displaying talent, dedication, perseverance, and a genuine love of dance. They soon become much more than teachers.....they become friends. As a studio owner, Carla should be incredibly proud of the environment she has created for young girls and boys.

    Susanne Flottorp Hawker
  • My 2 daughters danced 8+ years at Mellado. They loved learning new techniques and skills from the wonderful instructors, and truly enjoyed dancing there. We have fond memories of our time at MDE.

    Bonnie 'Durand' Karhukangas
  • My daughter loves attending Mellado Dance Elite. She can't wait until it is time for lessons. This is her second year here and I'm sure there be lots more with her love a dancing and the great instructors and staff there. 🙂

    Holly Demmon
  • After teaching at Mellado dance for two years now I have never felt so welcomed by the dancers, families and staff! As soon as I first walked into Mellado I knew I felt at home. I feel honoured every day to teach such wonderful students!

    Caity Wright
  • great instructors, welcoming atmosphere and a very positive place to dance! Our girls love their classes and teachers at Mellado. We have seen massive improvements in both of them since they began taking classes last year. Now our son wants to join the fun too!

    Corinne Newell
  • My three girls have all danced at Mellado and love the friendships, mentorship and just overall positive experience. Everything is always well planned out in advance which is important when scheduling 3 busy girls activities 🙂 Thank you for everything Miss Carla and your team!!

    Alisa Michelis Warner
  • When I moved to Vancouver I had no idea what my future would bring and after three great years at Mellado I feel so blessed to be a part of this amazing family, they took me in like one of their own. Everyone at MDE is an inspiration and it has been amazing to see each and every one of them grow into the beautiful dancers they are today. Miss Kenley

    Kenley Knock
  • Clara started at Mellado when she was 4 years old so she's been dancing here for 4 years now. We love the professionalism Mellado offers whether it's a variety of payment options, up to date communication, quality of teachers and a clean bright environment. My daughter has come so far in the last few years thanks to the teachers and owner, Carla, who really channel their energy for the love of dance. The teachers are easy to talk to and allow parent viewing at different times. My son is in hip hop for the 3rd year now and he loves the "all boys" class. He's learning some great moves. We love the end of the year recital and are always so impressed by show!

    Andrea Howorth
  • I loved dancing at Mellado. Mellado is not only where you learn to dance but where you make the greatest of friendships. The last 13 years of my life I danced at Mellado and I wouldn't change anything about the amazing memories I have made over those years.

    Mikaela Gray
  • Our daughter loves having fun trying new classes each year, she has yet to find her niche however all the awesome ladies at Mellado make it easy for her to be apart of what she wants. This being our second dance academy we find everything well organized, and the team spirit and support is phenomenal. We are glad to be apart of the Mellado family.

    Sirena Bourassa- Wheeler
  • My daughter started dancing at Mellado just before her 3rd birthday. She loved to dance but she was oh so scared to be away from Mommy. There was an older Mellado student who assisted with classes and that person became my daughter's mentor. The mentor offered a smile and a hand of confidence at each class, and my girl blossomed as a dancer. I hope that these assistants/mentors know the wonderful difference they make in a tiny dancer's confidence. Friends were made in class which lead to playdates and birthday parties. We had wonderful "mom and daughter" time at home as we practiced together for her first recital, with little sister singing and dancing along with us. We loved it, and we couldn't wait for the next season. Another year, another recital ...the littlest Lion King in 2012 who shuffled out onstage at the end of the line became the ballet class leader standing confidently by the stage curtain waiting for her cue to head out onstage in 2013. We've smiled through the rain with my daughter's dance instructor, soaked and smiling with us, at the Teddy Bear Picnic parade. My daughter participated in many team building events where she tried new skills with her dance friends and later shared with other friends. 2013 September was the start of another dance season, and this time little sister was taking classes, too! Both girls danced at the 2014 recital and now little sister has the "dance bug". Hats off to the studio for the incredible job they do to organize the performances. So much fun at Mellado, and the teachers are there to encourage their students along the way. The Mellado teachers are teaching much more than dance. With their smiles, encouragement, and fun choreography, they are teaching teamwork, perseverance, patience, respect and more. We look forward to another season with our Mellado friends!

    Brenda Howes
  • our daughter has been dancing at Mellado since she was 3 years old. It has been amazing 6 years. Thanks for this wonderful experience. To all her dance teachers over the years, thank you. Looking forward to many more amazing years to come.

    Pratima Alexander
  • I came to Mellado 5 years ago to help in the office and it has been the best decision of my life! Mellado Dance Elite helped me find my passion and has allowed me to grow! The staff, students and families are so amazing! It really is like a big family gathering every time you walk in. I am so thankful to Carla Mellado and everything she has done for me and everyone who walks through her doors!

    Samantha Armstrong
  • The best academy I have ever been! with a great atmosphere, qualified teachers, tons of different classes and varieties where everybody is friendly and trying to be better not just as dancers, but also as people. Mellado was one of the best things that ever happened to me! I had a great experience 😀 With all my love.. from México, Gaby 😉

    Gaby Serrano
  • Mellado is a great dance school with awesome instructors, and students of many ages. The staff make everyone feel welcome. My cousins are in there second year at Mellado, and wouldnt change a thing.

    Marie Louise
  • When I came to Mellado two years ago as a new student I was really nervous about not knowing anyone and worried about making friends, but everyone welcomed me and I stopped being worried within the first few minutes. All the teachers are amazing dancers and wonderful teachers. Mellado is like my second family! I love it there and couldn’t ask for a better place to dance!

    Claire Lundin, Student
  • Mellado Dance Elite has been a wonderful experience for our daughter. We feel very lucky to have our daughter in such a welcoming, friendly and safe atmosphere. The teachers are fantastic! They all have such patience and are so wonderfully creative! We have had the pleasure of watching our little girl develop socially, emotionally and physically at Mellado. We are well aware that Mellado's teaching staff have assisted us in fostering these behaviours because they make our little girl feel comfortable and good about herself. Our daughter has developed lifelong friends which is pretty amazing for both her and us as parents. Our daughter has been dancing at Mellado for 4 years now and truthfully we cannot imagine going anywhere else. Thank you Miss Carla, Miss Shay, Miss Mary, Miss Tara, Miss Nicole, Miss Lauren, Miss Elaine and all the special people who are part of the Mellado team for making our dancing experience not only about DANCING but about creating a postiive experience for our daughter. You guys are amazing! With big, big hearts,

    The Cucciones!
  • It is an honour to be on the Mellado Dance Elite faculty; what a wonderful place to teach & instil a love of dance in children! Carla is a fabulous, caring employer, leading her studio with the utmost integrity. It is great to be connected to an organized dance studio with a clean & clear reputation, open communication, and very little 'studio politics'. MDE feels more like a family than a business.

    Miss Mary
  • Mellado Dance Elite is a warm, fun & professional dance studio; and we are thrilled to be enrolled here! My daughter absolutely loves her dance classes at MDE, as well as the caring staff and fun studio events. In addition to having fun in class, the MDE Xmas party, Mayday parade festivities, Teddy Bear Picnic performance, and Year End Recital are all big highlights of her dance year. This studio has welcomed us, & made us feel a part of the MDE family! MDE's positive environment is refreshing!

    Proud MDE Mom
  • I have been dancing at Mellado Dance Elite for seven years and until today the only thing that has changed is the place we were dancing. There is still the warm and friendly teachers greeting you as you walk in the door and there is still the same sense of accomplishment when you learn something new and get to show it to others. But the most memerable thing that I have noticed with my time at Mellado is the sense of belonging and family that thrives within the studio, because no matter your name or dancing ability you are always welcome at Mellado.

    Jamie-Lynne, Student
  • MDE-Mellado Dance Elite has brought Our daughter Emma-Jane, "out of her shell".Her self- esteem has gone through the roof since she participated in Musical Theatre and Hip Hop at MDE this past year . Miss.Carla has made up a wonderful group of young women, whom are very talented in each variation of dance.Emma had fun and worked hard to learn the techniques and skills to be a part of mellado's year end recital that was "Out Of This World". The costs are reasonable and what my child got out of being a part of the MDE family.....PRICELESS!! Thanks to you all ! Can't wait to see the new Studio in the Fall!

    The Richards Family
  • My daughter is 13 years old and has been dancing at Mellado since she was 6. She started in several different sports all around the same time but dance has become the shining star in her life. She loves it more and more with each passing year. She loves all of her teachers and they along with the stage performances have helped transform her from a shy, timid, little girl into a beautiful and confident little dancer. As the mother of a Mellado dancer I have to say that I find the choreography of the dances to be edgy, unique and modern. Mellado teachers are not afraid to take a step out side of the box and dare to be different and try something new. I like that.

    Jackie Jordan
  • We came to Mellado Dance Elite 3 years ago when our daughter was then 4. She had already been at another prominent dance studio for a year and 2 months into her second year she was bored. Not the start we wanted for our daughter who was a performer right from the start and loved to dance and entertain people. In talking with our eldests daughter's friend, who has been at Mellado since the beginning she told us to bring our daughter there and that she would love it. So we did and yes she did just that, LOVED IT. She is now only 7 but in her 4th year of dance and loves it more today than ever. The love of dance she shared with her younger sister, who loves it now as well and will be going into her 3rd year, although she is not as "outgoing" as her sister she loves dance. They both love their teachers and the friends that they have made in dance have continued outside the dance studio. At Mellado Dance Elite you become a family. Thank you Carla and all the wonderful dance teachers for giving our girls such an incredible experience and we look forward to many more years at Mellado.

    Troy, Corinna, Cheyanna and Isabella
  • our daughter has been dancing at Mellado since she was 3 years old. It has been amazing 6 years. Thanks for this wonderful experience. To all her dance teachers over the years, thank you. Looking forward to many more amazing years to come.

    Pratima Alexander
  • My daughter, Hallie is currently in Acro, Jazz and Ballet and will be auditioning for Pre-Company next weekend….she LOVES to dance! She started at Mellado in the Fall of 2011 in Miss Mary’s ballet class. She had so much fun with Miss Mary and really caught the dancing bug… In the Fall of 2012, Hallie added Jazz and Acro to her schedule and found Miss Nicole….. Miss Nicole encouraged Hallie to join competitive Jazz which meant competing against other dancers this past Spring. What an awesome experience! Under Miss Nicole’s guidance, the girls danced a fun, energetic number which earned them both a Gold and Silver medal…..we were so proud of them! The pride and self confidence on the girl’s faces was worth every hour sitting at the dance studio during my daughter’s classes. This year’s recital was fantastic once again…. Very professional and well-organized. It’s so great to end the dancing year with such a great showcase of how hard the kids have worked all year….Recital is the highlight of the year for Hallie… She is excited to be trying out for Pre-Company and wants to add even more dance to her schedule next year (I’m going to need a permanent parking spot! LOL) …. I am happy she has found a place where she has the opportunity to dance her heart out, make good “dancing” friends and build her confidence and self esteem!

    Tina