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.