Melinda Blomquist holds a M.F.A in Dance Choreography and Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Master of Arts in Dance Pedagogy from Brigham Young University.
Melinda has presented her choreographic work at numerous venues nationally and internationally including the South Central American College Dance Festival, Northwest Vista College, the National Dance Association Pedagogy Conferences, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the Attakkalari Festival in Bangalore India. She was a soloist with the Kenai Peninsula Dancers, and has performed in her own work and in works by various choreographers including Tamara Schrieber, Daniel Gwirtzman, Wally Cardona, Barbra Grubel, Jennifer Smith, Julie Petry and Kelli Brown.
At present, Melinda is working with Common Ground Dance Company and with the newly formed Trajectory Dance Project. Melinda taught dance at the University of Texas Pan American where she was the Co-Artistic Director of the Dance Ensemble, serving as both a choreographer and director for the company. Melinda served as the Dance Performance – Chair for SDAAHPERD in 2005-2006 and was a member of the Texas State Board for Educator Certification in Dance.
Currently Melinda is an Assistant Professor of Dance at the Community College of Baltimore County, and she also serves as the Artistic Director for the CCBC Dance Company. Melinda has also worked with the Theatre and Music departments as a choreographer for Musical Theatre productions in Arizona, Texas and Maryland including The Fantasticks, Fiddler on the Roof, Good News, and She Loves Me. Melinda is involved in community outreach, focusing on promoting the importance of dance as art form in public education. She has provided workshops and master classes in Texas, Alaska, and Maryland to students at the Elementary, Middle, and High School levels.