Melvie Myrick

Owner/Artistic Director

Mrs. Melvie has enjoyed dancing and teaching all her life. After graduating from Lincoln County High School in 1985, she attended the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa for two years on a dance scholarship.  She then studied with the Nashville Ballet, Tennessee Dance Theatre and the MTSU Dance Program.   To add to her teaching credentials, Melvie has studied with the Royal Academy of Dance and has attended the Dance Masters of America Teachers Training School in Buffalo, New York. 

Mrs. Melvie founded Backstage Performing Arts in 1990.  Her choreography has won many top awards. Students have been seen dancing across the Southeast, in California for DMA Title Competitions, in New York performing the “Nutcracker on Broadway”, in the New Years Day Parade in Paris, France, entertainment during the Super Bowl and Orange Bowl, and on the Carnival Cruise Lines. Some of her choreography includes 200 Tennessee Road, The Music Man, A Christmas Carol, and Annie for the Carriage House Players.

Upon opening the studio, Mrs. Melvie was certified by written and oral examination with Dance Masters of America to teach all phases of tap, ballet and jazz.  She is a former 1st and 2nd vice president, Past President of Dance Masters of America Chapter #41 and a current member of Dance Masters of America Chapter #33. She was also certified in Module 1 of Acrobatic Arts in July 2017.

From 2000-2002, Mrs. Melvie taught at Dancentre South in Woodstock, Georgia.  While teaching there she choreographed for and judged the UT College dance team. She was the stage manager for the Nutcracker of Cherokee County and the Jazz on Tap Festival for three years.  During this time Mrs. Melvie received a BS in Human Services with a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Kennesaw State University.

In 2003, Mrs. Melvie became the Executive Director of Junior’s House, Inc., Child Advocacy Center.  Then in 2005 moved to part-time Development Director for one year before becoming a full-time stay at home mom. In 2009 Melvie regained ownership of Backstage Performing Arts.

Mrs. Melvie is married to Andy Myrick and has two children, Madison and Will. She is excited to have started the “Nutcracker of Lincoln County”, a holiday tradition that will offer children the opportunity to perform in a production to be shared with family and friends. “I am so thankful for the gifts God has given me. It is because of Him that I am here."

Jordan Allen

Assistant Director/Competition Chairman

Mrs. Jordan is a 2003 graduate of Lincoln County High School and received her Associates Degree from Motlow in 2013. She took dance for 16 years and was on competition team for 8 years. Throughout competing, Jordan received several awards. She was awarded a scholarship for her solo “Steamed Heat” in 2001 at Dance Educators of America.  In 2002, she competed for Miss DMA and received 2nd runner up.  She was also chosen as a “Troupe Dancer” at Fabulous Talent Productions dance competition.  Jordan has had the opportunity to perform on two cruise ships and at Disney World twice.

In the Fall of 2013, Jordan choreographed for the Carriage House Players production of “Little Shop of Horrors”. She also attended Disney World with the BPA competition team as they performed on a Disney stage. Jordan judged the Title Competition for Dance Masters of America’s Chapter 33 for the first time in 2015.  This is her 8th year teaching at BPA.  Jordan plans on continuing her dance education by attending Teacher Training workshops at various dance conventions.

Mrs. Jordan is certified with Dance Masters of America by written and oral examination in Tap and Jazz, and she received her Module 1  certification from Acrobatic Arts in July 2017.

Jordan  is married to Johnny Allen and has three children, Clay, Bowie, and Savvy.

Madison Gallagher


Madison has been involved with BPA since she was born. She has been a dancer, assistant, teacher, and office worker.  She graduated from Lincoln County High School in 2013. Madison is currently in her final year of nursing at Middle Tennessee State University and hopes to gradate with her BSN, RN in May of 2018. Her love for children expands beyond being a dance teacher as she wishes to specialize in pediatrics as a career.

507 West College Street   Fayetteville, TN 37334    931.433.4168

Breand Jones


Breand started her dance education at age 3, and has now been teaching for over 15 years. She trained primarily with Mrs. Melvie at BPA and also at Huntsville Community Ballet-- eventually becoming a teacher for Backstage.  As a student she was awarded a scholarship with Starpower's first PowerPak Tour, where she trained with Gus Giordano. Mrs. Breand also performed various roles in The Nutcracker with both Nashville Ballet and Huntsville Ballet Company. In 1999 she performed with N'Sync during the ProBowl halftime show.


As an instructor she has won various awards including choreography awards and a Recognized Teacher award from DMA and DEA, respectively. She has taught dance in Tennessee, Alabama, China, Italy, and Oregon. Several of her students have gone on to dance professionally, both on stage and on screen.

Lucy Hunt


        Miss Lucy is a 2016 graduate of the Riverside Homeschool Umbrella. She has been dancing for 15 years with training in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, ballroom dance, and musical theatre. She has trained with  a variety of dance schools along the east coast including The School of Music and Dance, Eichelburger Performing Arts, Westminster Ballet Theatre, Gettysburg Dance Center, and most recently, the Huntsville Ballet School.

            In 2008 and 2011, Miss Lucy danced with the Moscow Ballet in a summer intensive and performed in their American tour of The Great Russian Nutcracker. In the summer of 2015 she assisted in the choreography of the Carriage House Players production of “Charlotte’s Web”

            In 2013, Miss Lucy began taking classes with BPA where she performed two solos in the student dance recital, “Mission Impossible” and her self-choreographed piece “Cinderella”. In her time at BPA she worked as a teacher’s assistant under Melanie Pitcock and Rachel Parsons.

            “Ballet does not only belong to the elite, it belongs to everyone who seeks to experience the joy of dancing in its finest form.” -Unknown


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