Melissa Barak is a Los Angeles native who has attained a multitude of accomplishments, both as a choreographer and as a professional ballet dancer. After joining New York City Ballet in 1998, she began exploring her choreographic talents.
At the age of 21, she premiered her work Telemann Overture Suite in E Minor with NYCB that quickly followed up with another choreographic commission for their prestigious Diamond Project. Melissa has been awarded the Mae L. Wein and Choo San Goh awards for Choreography and has been named a Dance Magazine “Top 25 to Watch”.
She has been featured in articles by the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Time Out, ELLEgirl, Pointe Magazine, and DanceSpirit, to name a few. She has appeared on national television with the CBS Early Show and Dr. Phil. She has created new works for Richmond Ballet, Dayton Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet, and of course Barak Ballet. She has had the honor to choreograph on such dance luminaries as Sara Mearns, Tiler Peck, Benjamin Millepied, and Robert Fairchild. In 2009 and 2010, she was invited to return to the New York City Ballet where she created two more works. In 2016, she became the inaugural recipient of the Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship for Women Choreographers through the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU.
After a thirteen year career as a ballet dancer, Melissa seeks to continue not only on her work as a choreographer, but also to build and achieve a company dynamic that flourishes from personal philosophies deeply rooted in the significance of the human spirit, true collaboration, individuality, and artistic maturity.
Melissa Barak, Artistic Director, Barak Ballet