Jason Melms began his training with the Tidewater Ballet Association and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. In 1991 he moved to New York City to study at the Joffrey Ballet School, where he was selected to perform with its touring company, Joffrey II. Shortly after, Mr. Melms accepted a principal dancer position with the Eglevsky Ballet of New York City. He has also performed with Ballet Theatre Pennsylvania, The Virginia Ballet Theatre, Bravo Ballet, Tony Powell’s Music in Movement and The Virginia Opera. He has worked with such noted choreographers as Laura Alonso, Trinette Singleton, Glenn White, and Sally Wilson. In 2000, Mr. Melms accepted the position as the Artistic Director to the Harrisburg Dance Conservatory, and during his directorship was a chair member for the Regional Dance America’s northeast festivals, where his choreography was featured in the 2001 festival and received with much acclaim. Mr. Melms has also worked as a faculty member for the USDAN Center for the Creative and Performing Arts and Peridance in New York City. Currently he is teaching at Hofstra University. He joined the NYBDC in 2004 and is now a guest performer and teacher with the company.