BA, Amherst College, MFA, Sarah Lawrence College. Melissa Alexis has taught at Boston University, Smith College, Amherst College, and Tufts University. Currently on faculty at Bard High School Early College Newark, where she is implementing a new dance program. She gained a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish from Amherst College. She has trained with Yvonne Daniel, Ronald K. Brown, and Lamine Thiam. Her practice is rooted in the exploration of the intersection between African and Western perspectives, as well as psychology and Buddhist studies.