DANCER, CHOREOGRAPHER, ENTREPRENEUR
Melissa Leraye Legions
Melissa Leraye Legions was born in Brooklyn, New York. She is the only girl and the oldest child to Leroy and Jeryl Legions. She is also the proud single mom to the smart and talented Kayla Joie, "Joy". In April 2015, Melissa was interviewed by Author Omar Bryan on the subject of "Motherhood, Balancing Ministry and Home". This interview gave her the opportunity to speak to and encourage other single mothers at The Brooklyn Tabernacle.
Melissa currently works as an educational associate, "paraprofessional", for the Department of Education but is also pursuing a couple of entrepreneur opportunities. She is the artistic director of the New Life Cathedral Dance & Movement Ministry at New Life Cathedral under the leadership of Arch Bishop Robert J. Rochford.
Melissa wishes to pursue a career in musical theater and the performing arts. She began dance training under the supervision of Elaine Christian at the age of 9 during her final curtain call. After graduating from college she trained with Dawn Hillen and Sue Samuels at Broadway Dance Center, Mike Forde at Project Dance and Iris Cloud and a number of staff members at Dance For Joy Ministries where she is currently training in ballet. In 2006, Melissa was honored and privileged to make her musical theatre debut as a dancer in Tony Award winner, Ben Harney's rendition of "Dreamgirls". In 2012, Melissa made her musical theatre debut as an actress in Jacinda Townsley's "The Heart of a Harlot".
Melissa was one of the original members of The Brooklyn Youth Chorus, directed by Diane Berkun which allowed her to sing in Mark Morris' "The Hard Nut" at B.A.M. (Brooklyn Academy of Music). She graduated from LaGuardia High School, "The Fame School", with an academic diploma endorsed in vocal music. She has also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Nyack College.
Melissa has had the opportunity to sing with some of New York's well known gospel artists: Jules Bartholomew's S&B (Sisters & Brothers) and JudaCamp, Leon Lacey's L.I.V. (Leon's Inner Voice) and Joel T. Lester. She has also sung on some of New York City's famous stages: The Metropolitan Opera House, Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall. In 2003, she toured 11 days in France with Nyack College's Chorale.