Melissa Pihos

Melissa Pihos – choreographer, dancer, filmmaker, dance educator

Melissa Pihos graduated from UNC Greensboro with an MFA in Choreography where she created  PIHOS A Moving Biography, a documentary dance/film performance that focuses on her father’s fight with Alzheimer’s disease and various aspects of his life and Dear Dad, an award-winning short documentary about how her relationship with her Dad has changed because of Alzheimer’s disease.

She was born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana but grew up in Winston-Salem, NC.  She has been dancing for over 25 years receiving her training at Academy of Dance Arts in Winston-Salem, NC, Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, UNC Greensboro and The American Dance Festival (New York Intensive) in New York, New York.
She was a competitive gymnast until the age of 14.  She currently dances for The  Van Dyke Dance Group and John Gamble Dance Theatre. She has danced for Sidelong Dance Company and various other choreographers including Duane Cyrus, Ann Dils, Robin Gee, Barry Stoneking and Rebekah Kennedy.

Her choreography is described as being complicated, gripping, evocative, moving and captivating.  She often uses multimedia technology in her work which adds a layer to the viewer’s visual experience.  Along with being a choreographer and dancer, she is an award-winning filmmaker. She created “Dear Dad,”in a documentary film production class in spring, 2009, which has since been screened all over the United States.  In spring 2010, she created a dance documentary called Accessing the Legacy of Martha Graham: Steps in the Street.   In 2011 she created Her Wrath, a dance for camera.

She has taught in the UNCG Dance Department, CPCC, Salem College and at High Point University. Currently she is teaching at UNC-Charlotte and is a Relationship Manager for Curtain Call Costumes in NC and SC.

She is available for teaching Master classes, Choreographing and she is interested in setting PIHOS A Moving Biography on students at Universities and Colleges around the United States.

I have also created Alzheimer’s Association fundraiser events by touring my production PIHOS Moving Biography to Winston-Salem, Charlotte, Philadelphia, and Manhattan. The show explores various aspects of my Dad’s life and his struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. I traveled to Lubbock, TX in August 2013 to set PIHOS A Moving Biography on Flatlands Dance Theatre. The performance in Lubbock was performed on November 8 and 9, 2013 and in Santa Fe, NM in June 2014. I am helping to raise awareness to the devastating disease that plaques our nation and to raise financial support for the Alzheimer’s Association.

  -Melissa Pihos

PIHOS A Moving Biography Tour is a sponsored project of Artspire, a Program of NYFA, a 501(c)(3), tax exempt organization. Contributions on behalf of PIHOS: A Moving Biography Tour must be made payable to Artspire, a Program of NYFA, and are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Donations can be made online at 3

Contact Info:

The Alzheimer’s Association is extremely helpful for people with Alzheimer’s disease,their families and caregivers. If you need more information about the Alzheimer Association — or call 800-272-3900

3 responses

  1. This place truly keeps on getting bigger every time I show up.
    You should seriously be proud.

    August 16, 2012 at 1:28 am

  2. Gail Nordskog

    Dear Melissa, Your documentary about your father is so precious! What a treasure you made for yourself and others. Blessings to you and your family. Gail (Van Buren) Nordskog

    August 31, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    • Thank you so much! I am so sorry to hear about your father. Dad respected him in so many ways. I met him a few times, what an awesome person! They will be able to fly again together.

      September 10, 2012 at 1:50 pm

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