FALL 2023

Curriculum Vitae

Mel was born and raised in Canada and has trained extensively in aerial acrobatics, partner acrobatics, pole dance, yoga, dance, gymnastics, and general fitness. Having trained and performed worldwide, Mel is now primarily based in the Middle East where she teaches and performs, and is dedicated to building a growing acrobatic community.

As an instructor Mel aims to create a comfortable and engaging environment that allows students to learn about movement and their bodies in a healthy and happy way.

Certifications

e-RYT 500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) 

Yoga Alliance

September 2019

e-RYT 200 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher)

Yoga Alliance 

March 2017

YACEP Continuing Education Provider

Yoga Alliance

March 2017

​Yoga 300 Hour Teacher Training (500 hour certified)

Yama Yoga (certified by Yoga Alliance)

Doha, Qatar

July 2016

Fitness Instructor Specialist 

Canadian Fitness Professionals 

Vancouver, Canada

January 2016

Pole Instructor Certification

Gravity Vertical Education

Vancouver, Canada

January 2016

Rigging Fundamentals for Aerial Performance

High Performance,

Letterkenny, Ireland

June 2015

Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training 

Association for Yoga and Meditation (certified by Yoga Alliance)

Rishikesh, India

January 2014

Atmospheric Yoga Teacher Training

Cadence Fitness

Victoria, Canada

September 2012

Gymnastics Coach Level 1

Whistler Gymnastics

Whistler, Canada

June 2007

First Aid

(continual upgrade)

*Certificate copies available upon request. 

Teaching

Harbor Dance Studio 

Thuwal, Saudia Arabia 

2018 - present

Island Recreation Center

Thuwal, Saudi Arabia 

2018 - present

Aerial Arts Jeddah 

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

February 2020

Feather Aerial Studio 

Kuwait City, Kuwait 

November 2019

Brava Studio

Doha, Qatar

October 2019

Seychelles International School 

Praslin, Seychelles

September 2019

Aerial Arts Jeddah 

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 

September 2019

West Coast Flying Trapeze

Vancouver, Canada

August 2019

Whistler Gymnastics Treeline Aerial 

Whistler, Canada

August 2019

Aerial Arts Jeddah

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 

May 2019

Manchester Aerial and Acro Convention 

Manchester, UK

May 2019

Karama Yoga

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 

April 2019

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Saudi Leadership Program: for leaders and academics at Saudi universities, in collaboration with the University of California, Berkeley

Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

March 2019

Karama Yoga

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 

January - February 2019

Aerial Arts Jeddah

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 

January 2019

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology: Winter Enrichment Program

Thuwal, Saudi Arabia 

January 2019

Okanagan Gymnastics Club

Kelowna, Canada

February - April 2018

Okanagan Pole Dance

Kelowna, Canada

March 2018

Delhi Rock

Delhi, India

February 2018

Bounce Trampoline

Doha, Qatar

January 2018

Yama Yoga

Doha, Qatar

2017 - 2018

The Strongbox

Doha, Qatar

2017

Ritz Carlton Sharq Six Senses Spa

Doha, Qatar

2017

Empyrean Arts

Asheville, United States

April 2017

Toy Boat Circus

Asheville, United States

April 2017

Niya Yoga

Doha, Qatar

January - April 2017

Anytime Fitness

Doha, Qatar

March 2017

Lululemon Qatar

Doha, Qatar

February 2017

Vancouver Circus School

Vancouver, Canada

December 2016

Circus West

Vancouver, Canada

December 2016

Steve Nash Fitness Clubs

Vancouver, Canada

December 2016

Calgary Circus Studio

Calgary, Canada

December 2016

North Gymnastics Center

Calgary, Canada

December 2016

Flip Factory

Calgary, Canada

December 2016

Yama Yoga

Doha, Qatar

November 2016

Cat Dance Pole and Aerial Studio

Beijing, China

November 2016

Flip Factory

Calgary, Canada

October 2016

Strut Fitness

Calgary, Canada

October 2016

Calgary Circus Studio

Calgary, Canada

October 2016

Calgary Pole Junkies

Calgary, Canada

September 2016

YMCA Canada

Kelowna, Canada

September 2016

Acro Yoga Unity Festival

Enderby, Canada

August 2016

Lake Country Dance Studio

Lake Country, Canada

August 2016

Lake Country Gymnastics

Lake Country, Canada

August 2016

Studio X

Kelowna, Canada

August 2016

Okanagan Gymnastics Club

Kelowna, Canada

August 2016

Yama Yoga Bulgaria

Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

July 2016

Ritz Carlton Sharq Six Sense Spa

Doha, Qatar

2014 - 2015

Yama Yoga

Doha, Qatar

2014 - 2015

The Strongbox

Doha, Qatar

2013 - 2015

Doha Yogathon

Doha, Qatar

November 2015

Samrya Gardens Dance Studio

Doha, Qatar

November 2015

Dutch Acrobatics Convention

Sittard, Netherlands

May 2015

B/Attitude Dance Studio

Doha, Qatar

2013 - 2014

Acro Yoga Workshop

Doha, Qatar

November 2014

University of Calgary in Qatar

Doha, Qatar

2013

Qatar Canadian School

Doha, Qatar

May 2013

Qatar Sports Day

Doha, Qatar

February 2013

Cadence Fitness

Victoria, Canada

2011 - 2012

Vikes Dance

Victoria, Canada

2008 - 2012

UVic Dance Company

Victoria, Canada

2007 - 2010

Soul Funktion Dance Studio

Whistler, Canada

2006 - 2007

Whistler Gymnastics Club

Whistler, Canada

2006 - 2007

All Canadian Flying Trapeze

Whistler, Canada

July - August 2004

Bungee Trampoline Zone

Whistler, Canada

July - August 2003

*Does not include private classes or workshops. 

Please reload

Education and Formal Training

Diploma of Instructor in Circus Arts

Ecole Nationale de Cirque (ENC)

Montreal, Canada

December 2019

Professional Aerial Program

Gravity Circus Centre 

London, UK

May 2016

Master of Business Administration (with distinction)

University of Northampton 

Northampton, England

March 2016

Bachelor of Arts, Major in Psychology (with distinction) 

University of Victoria

Victoria, Canada

October 2012

Diploma

Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts

Edmonton, Canada

June 2006 

*Certificate copies available upon request. 

Training, Workshops, Festivals, and Conventions

Partner Acrobatics Workshop with Niko Douwes

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

November - December 2019

Speaking and Movement Workshop with Davide Marranchelli

Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

October 2019

Canadian Acro Intensive

Vancouver, Canada

August 2019

Okanagan Gymnastics

Kelowna, Canada

July - August 2019

Dutch Acrobatics Preconvention 

Beuningen, Netherlands

June 2019

National Center for Circus Arts 

London, United Kingdom 

May 2019

Aerialife (Aerialand) 

London, United Kingdom 

May 2019

The Circus House 

Manchester, United Kingdom

May 2019

Manchester Aerial and Acro Convention

Manchester, United Kingdom 

May 2019

San Francisco Circus Center

San Francisco, United States

April 2019

Leslie Tipton Contortion Training 

San Francisco, United States

April 2019

Ascend Aerial Arts

San Francisco, United States

April 2019

San Diego Circus Center

San Diego, United States

April 2019

Womack and Bowman: The Loft

Los Angeles, United States

April 2019 

Aerial Physique 

Los Angeles, United States

April 2019 

Kinetic Theory 

Los Angeles, United States

April 2019 

The Aerial House

Los Angeles, United States

April 2019 

Pitch Catch Circus: School of Acrobatics

Asheville, United States

March 2019

Empyrean Arts 

Asheville, United States

March 2019

Hercinia Arts Collective / Toronto Circus Collective

Toronto, Canada

February 2019

Ecole Nationale de Cirque

Montreal, Canada

February 2019

Victor's Studio

Montreal, Canada

February 2019

Cirque Verdun

Montreal, Canada

February 2019

Catie Briar - The Dos and Don'ts of Teaching Flexibility

Online

April 2018

Okanagan Gymnastics Club

Kelowna, Canada

February - April 2018

Yama Yoga 

Doha, Qatar

2017 - 2018

Dylan Werner Yoga Workshop

Doha, Qatar

September 2017

TILT Aerial Festival

Birmingham, UK

July 2017

Pitch Catch Circus: School of Acrobatics

Asheville, United States

April - May 2017

Empyrean Arts 

Asheville, United States

April 2017

Milan Pole Dance Studio

Milan, Italy

March 2017

Acro Yoga Workshop with Pascal Weiss

Doha, Qatar

February 2017

Yoga Workshop with John Scott

Doha, Qatar

November 2016

Beijing International Arts School 

Beijing, China

October - November 2016

Cat Dance Pole and Aerial Studio

Beijing, China

October 2016

Acro Yoga Unity Festival

Enderby, Canada

August 2016

Yama Yoga Bulgaria Teacher Training

Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

July 2016

Edinburgh Acrobatics Training

Edinburgh, UK

June 2016

Irish Aerial Dance Festival 

Letterkenny, Ireland

June 2016

Dutch Acrobatics Preconvention

Beuningen, Netherlands

May 2016

Gravity Circus Centre 

London, UK

January - May 2016

Pineapple Dance Studios (Professional and Advanced)

London, UK

January - May 2016

London Dance Academy

London, UK

January - May 2016

Contortion and Contortion Doubles Training with Pixie Le Knot

London, UK

January - May 2016

Manchester Partner Acrobatics Training 

Manchester, UK

April 2016

Yama Yoga

Doha, Qatar

2013 - 2015

Irish Aerial Dance Festival 

Letterkenny, Ireland

June 2015

Pole Fit Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

June 2015 

Acro Yoga Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

June 2015

Dutch Acrobatics Convention 

Sittard, Netherlands

May 2015

Dutch Acrobatics Preconvention

Beuningen, Netherlands

May 2015 

Michael Gannon Yoga Workshop

Doha, Qatar

November 2014

Acro Yoga Workshop

Doha, Qatar

November 2014

Qatar Exhibition Center Circus and Flying Trapeze

Doha, Qatar

September 2014

Yoga Intensive Retreat

Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

July 2014

Acro Yoga Lunar Immersion 

Bali, Indonesia 

March 2014

Association for Yoga and Meditation Yoga Teacher Training

Rishikesh, India

January - February 2014 

Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram

Rishikesh, India

January 2014

Victoria Contemporary Dance Company

Victoria, Canada

2011 - 2012

Cadence Fitness

Victoria, Canada

2010 - 2012

UVic Dance Company

Victoria, Canada

2007 - 2010

Edge Performing Arts Center

Los Angeles, United States

March 2010

Edge Performing Arts Center

Los Angeles, United States

March 2008 

Lecky School of Dancing 

Edmonton, Canada

2003 - 2006

Victoria Cheerleading Team

Edmonton, Canada

2003 - 2006 

Victoria Pom Dance Team

Edmonton, Canada

2003 - 2006

All Canadian Flying Trapeze

Whistler, Canada

1995 - 2006

NCA Cheerleading

Portland, United States

July 2005

Storm Gymnastics Team 

Whistler, Canada

2000 - 2003

Whistler Dance Academy

Whistler, Canada

1995 - 2003

BC Provincial Level Gymnast Whistler Gymnastics

Whistler, Canada

1995 - 2003

Please reload