OUR TEAM

  • ASHLEIGH GEMMELL Teaching Staff


    Ashleigh has been teaching at Mellado Dance Elite for the past 4 years. Before this, she was a competitive dancer at Mellado for 14 years. She loves being part of this amazing family Mellado has created. Ashleigh has trained in various styles including Ballet, Acrobatics, Jazz,
    Tap, Hip Hop, Stage, Lyrical and Contemporary. She has completed several Cecchetti exams her last one being her Intermediate Examination. She has performed in many community performances such as May Day and the PNE. During her time with Mellado, she has had the opportunity to travel to Seattle, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles, and take master classes from professional choreographers and dancers. This coming year she will be completing her post-secondary schooling in the field of kinesiology. Ashleigh is excited to be part of the Mellado staff and continuing her love of dance.

  • CELINA BOOTH Teaching Staff


    Celina was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. She is 25 years old and has been dancing since the young age of 3 at various studios around the Greater Vancouver area. She is trained in a wide variety of styles such as hip hop, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, ballet, musical theatre and tap.
    She attended Langley Fine Arts School in her teenage years in which she found a passion for both choreography and teaching. She chose to pursue dance after high school and joined Kill The Lights Company, ran out of Harbour Dance Centre, under the direction of Ken Yung and Shauna Smith. It was in this program that she realized that teaching and educating a younger generation of dancers was a huge passion of hers that she wanted to pursue. Whilst choreographing and teaching is the main focus for Celina, she has also performed in many stage shows throughout Vancouver, including The Main Event, The 2010 Olympics, BC Lions Half Time Shows, Vancouver Pride and multiple shows with The Lovers Cabaret. Her most recent performance credit was in the Netflix film, Puppystar Christmas, where she is a featured dancer.
    Celina has been teaching various dance styles for the last six years, providing award-winning choreography at numerous competitions in the Lower Mainland and is heading into her fifth year teaching at Mellado Dance Elite. She is excited to continue sharing her passion for dance with MDE dancers and hopes to continue educating and inspiring the next generation of dancers for years to come!

  • CHELSEA HENDERSON Teaching Staff


    From a very young age, Chelsea has always found great joy in dancing and performing. As a graduate dancer of Mellado Dance Elite’s competitive company program, she has trained extensively in many styles of dance such as Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Acrobatics, Hip Hop and Stage. Following her graduation, Chelsea went on to train with The Dance Initiative under the direction of Geneen Georgiev, where she furthered her training with many highly-respected industry professionals, as well as gained a strong understanding of the workings of the professional dance industry. Chelsea has been performing professionally as a commercial dancer since her graduation and continues to enjoy the thrill that performing brings. Going on her 6th year of teaching with Mellado Dance Elite, Chelsea prides herself on sharing her knowledge and passion for dance with her students. She places a strong focus of building not only technically proficient dancers, but artists as well. Her students have been recognized at many local competitions, receiving numerous adjudicators choice awards and overall highest scoring marks. Chelsea loves to share the gift of dance with her students, and is grateful to have the chance to influence dancers of all ages and abilities! Chelsea is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and uses her knowledge of human anatomy and physiology to help her dancers better understand the mechanics of their own bodies and prevent injuries. Her nurturing demeanor helps every student who walks through her door feel comfortable and supported, and prides herself on providing high-quality dance education that is suited to each individual student’s needs. Chelsea looks forwards to many more amazing years with Mellado Dance Elite!

  • JAMIE LYNNE-VARNEY Teaching Staff


    From a young age, Jamie found a passion for music and dance. When she joined Mellado Dance Elite at age 5, her love for creative movement was encouraged to grow. Trained in jazz, lyrical, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, tap, modern, acrobatics and stage, Jamie learned to appreciate all techniques and styles. This allowed her to absorb knowledge from many unique teachers on the choreography of different styles, and projecting her love of performance. Traveling with Mellado, she has performed and competed locally and internationally at such places as Teddy Bear Picnic, May Day, the PNE Showcase, Thunderstruck Las Vegas, and other competitions as well. As a member of Mellado Dance Elite’s family for over 10 years and a member of the teacher training program for 5, Jamie has developed a love for sharing her knowledge and passion for dance. Assisting alongside many of Mellado’s great teachers has taught her different styles and techniques to teach children of all ages and how to foster growth and development of the physical and social skills needed for dance. Jamie is thrilled about beginning her career as a teacher and joining the fantastic staff at Mellado. She is very excited to find what new experiences this year will hold for her!

  • LORRAINE CHONG Teaching Staff


    Lorraine Chong began her ballet training at the Pacific Ballet Theatre School in Vancouver, under the direction of Maria Lewis. Wanting to expand her knowledge of teaching technique, she attended the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division’s Teacher Training Program. She currently holds her Licentiate qualification through Cecchetti USA, and her Associate Diploma qualification through Cecchetti Canada. Lorraine regularly pursues opportunities to challenge herself and expand upon her knowledge of the ballet art form, attending numerous ballet workshops and summer schools throughout Canada and the USA. She has recently become a certified teacher of Progressive Ballet Technique (PBT), a revolutionary program to enhance ballet technique. She has travelled to New York and participated in the American Ballet Theater’s teacher certification program. By completing this program, Lorraine is now an ABT® Certified Teacher who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level Three of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She also has held positions of Secretary and Treasurer as a former Executive member of Cecchetti Canada, B.C. branch. Lorraine brings over 20 years of teaching experience, and aspires to provide a stimulating and encouraging learning environment for students. She takes great pleasure in the enjoyment dance brings and the invaluable life lessons it affords.

  • MARY PETERSON Teaching Staff


    Mary Peterson takes great joy in sharing her love of dance through her teaching; and her fondness of children shines through to each student she teaches. Raised in the Tri-Cities, Mary is well trained in ballet, tap and jazz, and has been teaching for an outstanding 20 years! Her dance training includes RAD ballet & CDTA tap examinations, workshops in New York and Seattle, and she has received numerous awards from festivals and competitions for both performance and choreography. Mary’s experience as a mother of two enables her to run a dance class that is not only well organized, but very enjoyable! Her respectful and nurturing manner helps to instill confidence in her dancers, giving them a positive learning experience and helping them strive to be the best they can be. Mary returns for her 9th year at Mellado Dance Elite, and her skills and passion are great assets to our dancers!

  • NICOLE FABBI Teaching Staff


    Nicole Fabbi’s dancing and singing career began at the age of 3, when her mom enrolled her in a musical theatre and tap class at Diamonds in the Rough musical theatre studio in Port Coquitlam. She began singing in various competitions at the age of 6, including the PNE “reach for the stars” talent show and the Coquitlam Dance and Singing Honors Festival. Nicole has been a member of Mellado dance elite from the very beginning. She has enjoyed many years of competition in jazz, lyrical, ballet, modern, tap and stage. In September 2012, she began dancing with the Endangered Dance Company out of Harbour Dance Centre in Vancouver. Followed by the Onyx Dance Company, which she joined in 2013. She was also a member of the Felions, the BC lions dance team during their 2014 season. Nicole began teaching at Mellado Dance Elite in September 2009. She enjoys sharing her passion by teaching dance to students ages 3 to 16 in various genres such as musical theatre, ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical. In August 2011 Nicole completed her bachelor of arts in psychology and human counseling and development at SFU. In August 2012, she graduated with her bachelor of education from SFU and is now a teacher in the Coquitlam school district. Sharing her love of singing and dancing with young people is one of Nicole’s greatest passions and she is looking forward to doing that for many years to come at Mellado Dance Elite!

  • CAITLIN WRIGHT Teaching Staff


    Caitlin has been dancing since the age of four and has had extensive training in many different styles like jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, hip-hop and musical theatre. Caitlin was born and trained in Maple Ridge and has taken classes and competed in various competitions and workshops throughout Las Vegas and L.A. where her dance team won numerous awards. Her love and enthusiasm for teaching came at the age of 13 years old when one of her dance instructors gave her the opportunity to assist in her class. Caitlin has performed in many high-profile events including, dancing for her Majesty the Queen during her Royal visit, was part of the junior dance team for the Vancouver Grizzlies Basketball team and performed in the opening ceremonies for the Para-Olympics in 2010. Her performances also include dancing for eight years in daytime and night shows at The Fair at The PNE, including Zydeco Jam, City Rhythm, Rolling Thunder, Toontastic Parade and Celebration Parade. She has also performed in many community shows and Grey Cup Events. Aside from dance Caitlin has her English and Arts Degree and is currently working for lululemon. This will be Caitlin’s 7th year teaching at Mellado Dance Elite and can’t wait for the next season to begin!

  • ANDREW HAYDOCK Teaching Staff


    Andrew Haydock is a familiar face in the dance industry, most recently having performed in the “Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Celebration” which will air the 24th of June. Andrew once was a student at Mellado Dance Elite where he discovered his passion for dance, and from there Andrew started his professional dance training at Danzmode Productions with artist/director Rachael Poirier. He is well versed in all genres of dance: Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Modern, Tap, and Ballet. He is currently a graduate from Danzmode and is immersed in the world of The Source dance company. He is really excited to start teaching more next dance year at Mellado Dance Elite. His goal is to help create true artists and show them how to make it in the dance industry.

  • Genieve Morison Teaching Staff


    Genieve Morison started her dance journey at the early age of three in Calgary, AB. She trained for many years with the world renowned Young Canadians School of Performing Arts at the Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show and graduated in mid-2008, ready to see what else the industry had to offer. Embarking on one of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines ships in 2009, she began the next chapter of her dance career. Once returning to North America Genieve decided it was time to relocate to Vancouver, where she currently resides. In Vancouver Genieve has trained with Harbour Dance Centre’s [ITP program], Joanne Pesusich’s [The Source Dance Company] and Moses Asher Christen’s [LUX. Dance Company.] Each program allowing her to train under Vancouver’s leading teachers in the industry. [Moe Brody, Pam Rosa, Joanne and Alex Pesusich, Liz Tookey, Stephanie Sy, Stewart Iguidez, Jen Oleksiuk, Carlo Atienza, Moses Asher Christen, Curtis Foley, Danielle Clifford, Sarah Brewer Close, etc.] Since her arrival in 2011 Genieve has worked with a variety of companies choreographing and dancing in flashmobs, music videos, short films and shows. Singers/Songwriters she has had the pleasure of working with locally in Vancouver and Calgary include: Sidney York, Johanna Maya Soleil, and Canadian Country Band Nice Horse. Most recently Genieve is passionately teaching and sharing with others. Currently specializing in technique, stretch, and strength, jazz, lyrical & contemporary. As a dance instructor she focuses on helping to guide and support growing artistic dancers, pushing them to limits so they are always learning and evolving as dancers and as human beings and helping to motivate them to be the best they can be while reaching for their dreams inside and outside of dance. She is thrilled to be back for another exciting year at MDE!

  • SAMANTHA ARMSTRONG Office Staff


    Samantha has been apart of MDE for the past 7 years. She has taken a variety of Adult Classes over the years and continues to participate in dance class both with in Mellado Dance Elite and the community. Samantha joined the Mellado Team in 2012 as the Studio Event Coordinator. She is looking forward to continuing her role within Mellado Dance Elite. She enjoys watching dancers and the studio thrive and grow!

  • Caitlin Williams Office Staff


    Caitlin has volunteered at Mellado’s year end recitals for the past 8 years. Caitlin is a Mom to two young boys Owen and Oliver. She is excited to be taking on a bigger role at Mellado Dance Elite and joining the office team. Caitlin is looking forward to working with the teachers and office staff and cant wait to get to know everyone!

  • Shannon Mulvihill Office Staff


    Shannon started dance at the age of 3 and continued until an injury when she was 18. She took all varieties of dance with Tap being her favourite. Shannon is now a mom to a young little boy named Callum and loves every second of motherhood. Shannon started with us in September and is very excited to be back in the dance world from a different angle now as a member of the office staff. She is excited to grow with Mellado Dance Elite and loves being a part of such an amazing team.

  • CARLA MELLADO-ROBERTSON Director/ Teaching Staff


    As the director of Mellado Dance Elite, Carla Mellado has her hands in everything at the studio! Carla is a passionate teacher, the visionary behind the studio, and dedicated to building a business where her dance families thrive.

    Originally from Coquitlam,, Carla was born dancing. Her training has taken her all over Canada and the US. She has completed examinations from Cecchetti Ballet Syllabus, Canadian Dance Teachers Association, and International Dance Teachers Association. Her choreography has been featured in various music videos, movies, and won numerous awards at both regional and national competitions.

    Carla takes great pride in sharing her knowledge and experience with her students. Seeing her students shine both in and out of the studio is hands down the best part of what she does at MDE. Providing high quality dance education, building a team of teachers dedicated to their student’s success, and creating an environment where her students feel empowered is a responsibility Carla takes very seriously. She wants her dancers to LOVE dance and love their time at her studio.

    Carla opened Mellado Dance Elite at the age of 19 as the only teacher. Today, Mellado Dance Elite proudly serves roughly 500 aspiring dancers! Recently voted #1 Dance Studio in Port Coquitlam, the future is very bright for MDE. Carla looks forward to developing new programs, expanding the space, and keeping things fresh for her dance families. She recently completed Dance Studio Owners Inner Circle, an invite-only training program. With a newly discovered interest in marketing and design, she is committed to innovation.

    When Carla is not dreaming about the future of Mellado Dance Elite, she is busy enjoying time with her husband Jaime, her daughter Hayden, and her fur baby Maxx. Watching her daughter discover a love for dance and seeing her create lasting friendships at MDE is a pure joy.

    Owning a dance studio is Carla’s dream and what she was born to do. She wouldn’t trade it for the world. She is so proud to share MDE with the beautiful dance families at MDE and looks forward to seeing what the future holds!