Melinda Delgado is a faculty member of The Academy. Since early childhood, Ms. Delgado has had a passion for classical ballet, beginning with the simple joy of dancing and later progressing into the study of technique. As a child, Ms. Delgado studied ballet at the Lake Oswego School of Ballet and at the Portland Ballet School. At the age of 14, she won a scholarship to the San Francisco Ballet School and later joined the Portland Ballet Company where she performed professionally for 12 years. While with the Portland Ballet, she was featured in an array of original classical and contemporary works.
During this time Ms. Delgado also earned her BA in Art and Dance from Portland State University and taught ballet at the Portland Ballet School and Portland State University. She was Director of Ballet at the Portland Gymnastic Center and also taught adult classes for the Portland Park Bureau. Costumes, prop design and production have also been an important part of her dance career.
Since moving to Bozeman with her family, Ms. Delgado has taught at Montana Ballet School, Main Street Dance Theatre, Montana State University and The Dance Center. She has also worked with Montana Ballet Company as both a teacher and choreographer for its annual Nutcracker and other productions.
Ms. Delgado loves teaching the foundation of classical ballet technique. It is her belief and experience that anyone can learn to dance, and love the experience, when they understand the construction and execution of each move—from the very first plié to the fullness of dancing on pointe. Being accomplished and doing well at anything takes an understanding and knowledge of the details. Through knowledge one gains freedom – in dance, that freedom is the ability to “fly”.