The Academy of Dance Arts is under the direction of owner, Melanie Malicote. The studio was founded in 1972 by owner/
director/teacher, Phyllis G. Deweese and has served the
community for 45 years. We specialize in technical ballet, jazz,
tap, modern and character dancing. All classes are taught by
our professional teachers, who enjoy passing on their
Mrs. DeWeese determined the foundation and principals of our
school. She brought with her a vast amount of experience in teaching classical ballet. She had been the Ballet Mistress of the Cincinnati Civic Ballet for 4 years, had studied in major ballet schools in Toronto, Copenhagen, Chicago, and New York City, and had taught for local Middletown dance schools (Lubbers & Laurence). She also taught at the Stone-Camryn School of Ballet in Chicago for 7 summers. MrsDeWeese's influence on her students over the years have proven to be profound; not only did she provide thousands of students with excellent technical dance training, she taught dance etiquette, a strong work ethic, responsibility and a life-long appreciation for dance. Mrs. DeWeese is so well respected in the community that the mayor proclaimed that July 30th is “Phyllis DeWeese Day” in Middletown.
In 2013, Melanie Malicote worked directly with Mrs. DeWeese and former director Julie Gibson during her acquisition of The Academy of Dance Arts. Melanie continues the philosophy that Mrs. Deweese imparted on her students for over 40 years. Melanie brings with her an immense amount of performing and teaching experience. After over 14 years of training at The Academy of Dance Arts, Melanie moved to New York City where she performed, trained and taught for 15 years. She performed with the National tour of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” as the Apache Dancer and at Radio City Music Hall in “The Christmas Spectacular”. Also, she appeared in Bernadette Peters’ concert at Radio City Music Hall and performed with Chita Rivera in the Broadway benefit, "First You Dream". Other Credits include Disney’s premieres of “The Lion King”, “Pocahontas”, and “Hercules”, as well as “My Favorite Broadway” at Carnegie Hall. In addition, Melanie was a featured dancer on The Rosie O’Donnell Show and appeared on Guiding Light. It was the draw of family and the opportunity to teach at the Academy of Dance Arts that brought Melanie back to Middletown.
We are proud that many of our dancers have gone on to have professional dance careers in shows in NY and around the world. Many of our teachers are former students who have come back to teach for us and love to share their knowledge, passion and experience.
Please contact us if you would like to be a part of our school! The Academy is currently offering classes Monday through Saturday. We want all of our students to feel comfortable and love coming to dance! We would love to have you join us.