Melissa Rochelle Younker

Melissa Rochelle Younker photo by Stuart Ruckman

A native of Southern California, Melissa Younker is a movement artist based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Since joining Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company in 2014 she has had the privilege to embody an array of works by Artistic Director, Daniel Charon, along with choreographers Adam Barrach, Ann Carlson, Tzveta Kassabova, Raja Feather Kelly, Joanna Kotze, Alwin Nikolais, Kate Weare, Netta Yerushalmy, among others. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California State University, Long Beach where she received the Lana Alper Memorial Scholarship.

She has been dedicated to dance for over 25 years: training in many movement forms and teaching a multitude of communities. She has toured throughout the United States, France, Mongolia and South Korea as a performer and educator.

"As a movement artist I cherish the freedom of choice and investigation in practice, performance and creation. This constant dialogue leaves me with endless curiosity."