The Melza M. Barr Principal Dancer
Santa Cruz, California
Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre under Robert Kelley and Diane Cypher, Suzanne Farrell, Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy
Promoted to Principal
Previously Danced With
Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, Whim W’Him with Olivier Wevers
Main Role Credits
Marie in Stanton Welch's Marie, Rosie in The Core, Nikya in La Bayadère, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Spring in The Four Seasons
Led roles in Divergence, Falling, Carmina Burana, and Velocity.
A native of Santa Cruz, California, Melody Mennite trained at Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre under Robert Kelley and Diane McLarty and at Pacific Northwest Ballet. She also attended summer intensive programs with Suzanne Farrell.
At the age of 13, Ms. Mennite began her training with Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy and also attended three consecutive summer intensive programs with the academy. In the 2000-2001 season, she spent one year in Houston Ballet II on full scholarship and stipend. Ms. Mennite also won a scholarship award from Regional Dance America in 2000.
She was invited to tour with Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre through Tansonmer, Austria. Prior to joining Houston Ballet, she performed numerous leading roles with Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre: the Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker; Kitri in Don Quixote and Odette in Swan Lake.
Frequently appears as a guest artist in galas and with companies nationally and internationally. Also performs in Seattle with Whim W'Him, where she originated roles in Cylindrical Shadows by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Monster by Olivier Wevers.
Melody has that special undefinable quality, that ‘it’ factor. She can make something out of nothing. She’s such a good actor, human and natural, that’s why I so enjoy creating on her. You simply can’t ignore her when she is onstage.
Houston Ballet Repertoire
Olga and Tatiana in John Cranko's Onegin
Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker
Neopolitan Princess in Stanton Welch's Swan Lake
The Spring Fairy in Ben Stevenson's Cinderella
Swanilda and Dawn in Coppelia
Valencienne in The Merry Widow
Cio-Cio San and Kate in Madame Butterfly
Cinderella in Stanton Welch's Cinderella
The white pas de deux in Jirí Kylián’s Forgotten Land and Petite Mort
Stanton Welch's Velocity, Indigo, Wildlife, and Brigade
Christopher Bruce's Ghost Dances, Rooster and Hush Harald
Lander's Etudes Paul Taylor's Company B
William Forsythe's In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated
George Balanchine's The Four Temperaments and Serenade
Mark Morris's Sandpaper Ballet
The Sylph in August Bournoville's La Sylphide
Lise in Sir Frederick Ashton's La Fille mal gardée
Jerome Robbins' Fancy Free
Principle Roles in Balanchine's Rubies, Emeralds, and Ballo De Regina
William Forsythe The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude
Principle role in Christopher Wheeldon's Carousel
Younger Daughter in Christopher Bruce's Hush, Rooster, Sergeant Early's Dream
Jiří Kylián's Falling Angels, Petit Mort
Manon in Sir Kenneth McMillan's Manon
Blue Bird in Ben Stevenson's The Sleeping Beauty