Melanie Riffee

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    The Suzanne Farrell Ballet Snapshot: Melanie Riffee


Melanie Riffee (Corps de Ballet) had her early ballet instruction with Oleg Tupine and Tania Rousseau in Virginia, and went on to train on scholarship at The Washington School of Ballet, Maryland Youth Ballet, and Boston Ballet School. She is an alumna of Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell. Melanie also participated in a scholarship exchange program with Canada's National Ballet School and studied with American Ballet Theatre. In 2008, Melanie joined Boston Ballet as a trainee and became a member of Boston Ballet II in May 2010. She danced multiple roles in Mikko Nissinen's The Nutcracker, Konstantin Sergeyev's The Sleeping Beauty, Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote, and Harold Lander's Études. Melanie originated roles in Jorma Elo's One Concerto and Yury Yanowsky's The Eighth Layer. Her repertoire with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet includes Balanchine's Episodes, Danses Concertantes, Agon, Allegro Brillante, Monumentum pro Gesualdo, Movements for Piano and Orchestra, Swan Lake, Divertimento No.15, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, and Valse Fantasie. She also danced principal roles in Balanchine's Scherzo a la Russe and August Bournonville's Konservatoriet. Melanie joined The Suzanne Farrell Ballet in 2012.

Melanie Riffee