Melissa Heslep received her training at the School of Orlando City Ballet under the direction of Beatrix Aldana and spent her summers training with teachers including Luba Gulyaeva, Mark Spivak, Valeria Sinyavakaya, and Veronica Aldana. She performed with the student company until 2001 and competed in the 2002 Youth America Grand Prix finals in New York City. She then performed with Russian Ballet Orlando under the direction of Vadim Fedotov and Central Florida Ballet under the direction of Vasile Petrutiu. Melissa has been a guest artist for many ballet companies across the country and her repertoire includes classics such as The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, and The Nutcracker, as well as contemporary works. Melissa joined Boulder Ballet in 2010.