Melanie Potesta-Austin

Choreographer
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About

Melanie has practiced the art of dance for dance competitor, performer, instructor, and choreographer. The love and passion for dance has developed Melanie into an award winning performer and dance choreographer. At thirteen years of age as a dance competitor, Melanie had an early creative mind as she strived to create her own pieces by doing her own choreography. Little did she know that she would be awarded several national choreography titles, including “Choreographer of the Year” in Las Vegas.

Melanie began her dance training at the age of 3. She trained at several schools such as Jordan Academy of Dance in Indianapolis, Homer Bryant Ballet in Chicago, The Edge Performing Arts Center in Hollywood, California, and the Millennium Dance Complex in North Hollywood, California. Once she graduated high school, Melanie spent 3 years in Los Angeles, California with representation from DDO Artists Agency. Melanie quickly achieved accomplishments in Los Angeles by earning dance roles such as a dancer in NSYNC ‘s music video “Dirty Pop”,  a club dancer in the hit movie “The Sweetest Thing” featuring Cameron Diaz,  and an acting role in the FOX TV Pilot “Pasadena” directed by Diane Keaton,  just to name a few.  Her dancing also led her to becoming a singer and performer of an all-girl pop group named “Goddess”, and she was even given the opportunity to sing and write lyrics with the Rap/R&B artist RC.  This opportunity gave her the chance to become a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Melanie returned to her hometown in Indiana, where she danced professionally as a Pacemate for the NBA team the Indiana Pacers.  She was a Pacemate for 8 seasons and was Captain her last 3 seasons.  While she was a Pacemate she auditioned for Season 3 of “So You Think You Can Dance.”  She is really proud of making it to the top 50 finalists in Las Vegas.  She continues to choreograph for the Pacemates in her spare time.  Melanie is now an Audition Consultant for Going Pro Entertainment helping others achieve their dreams of dancing for NBA, NFL or college dance teams. She is also the Choreographer for the NBA-D League Tulsa 66ers danceteam.