Melodie’s Dance Theatre was created in 1977 when Melodie Nay Danley and her
mother purchased an existing dance studio. The studio’s original location was in the
Ralph’s Center on Los Coyotes Diagonal and Wardlow Road in Long Beach. For most
of the first decade, Melodie was the studio’s only dance instructor. In 1987, Melodie’s
Dance Theatre moved to its current location in the City of Los Alamitos. Following the
move, the teaching staff grew to four teachers and the studio continued its success
winning several “Overall”, “Top Teacher” and “Top Studio” awards in local
In 1997, Heidi Santillan-Fong and Kimmi Barnett partnered up with Melodie, taking over
as studio directors, allowing Melodie to focus on her true love of teaching. Heidi and
Kimmi have been active in the studio since 1977, starting out as students and later
moving on to teaching. The studio has now grown to eight teachers with four assistant
Melodie’s Dance Theatre is proud to promote a friendly, non-competitive, and
family-oriented environment. We encourage our new students to dance in all of the
shows and competitions along with our advanced students. All of our students are
given equal opportunity to showcase their talents.
We look forward to dancing with you!