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Since School of Dance professor Melissa Lowe was old enough to walk, she has danced.

Although she says those early years were more about kinesthetic awareness – learning to connect the music with rhythm – they established her lifelong career in dance performance.

"I was very shy growing up," she said. "I guess dance was a way for me to break through that shyness."

A classically trained ballerina, Lowe studied at some of the world's most prestigious ballet schools, including the School of American Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre School, both in New York. As a performer, she has danced coast to coast for companies including the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, the Houston Ballet and the Pacific Northwest Ballet...