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 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!
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!
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!
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!