Melena Rounis’ versatility as an artist and entertainer began with her diverse and eclectic dance training while growing up in Vancouver, Canada. She developed a love for the stage at an early age, with a fascination of observing how they made visual moments and ‘magic’ happen. From the transitions to the technical aspects she was curious about it all.
Now, with a seasoned performance career, Melena has transitioned in to the creative side of entertainment for live theater, film and television as an assistant, choreographer and associate director. Capable of working with all ages and ability levels she has given life and emotion to everything from Muppets, to cutting-edge drone technology, and elaborate world class water fountains! Her most recent body of work as a Choreographer can be seen on Netflix in 2021 in the new Musical ’A Week Away’ (@aweekawaymovie).
Other choreographic endeavors include Associate Directing and Choreographing two tours for Sesame Street Live! – ‘Let’s Party’ & ‘Make Your Magic’, Research & Development Projects for Walt Disney Imagineering, Knott’s Berry Farm Amusement Park, Universal Dance Awards, Descendants 2 performance on Dancing with The Stars, Honda, Comedy Central, Kmart, AIDS Health Foundation, ABC’s reality hit ‘The Proposal’, & Christian Louboutin.
Melena’s career has spanned over 20 years, working extensively in all aspects of entertainment as both a performer and creative. She understands the demands and needs of what is seen by and audience and what it takes to make it happen behind the scenes. Striving to push the creative boundaries and developing emotionally driven and often high-tech content, Melena values the influence of using dance to enhance storylines, demonstrate relationships, educate and, most importantly, entertain.