Our Staff

 

Melba Huber
Melba Huber

PRESIDENT

Melba Huber is president of Melba’s Inc, a world-class dance studio in McAllen, Texas that houses seven dance studios and a retail dancewear store. Melba’s opened in 1958. Melba is the founder of McAllen Dance Theatre that performs every February and in many local events.

Melba was the first person outside of New York to receive the prestigious Flo Bert Award at Lincoln Center. She has been honored by Oklahoma City University on two occasions and in October of 2011 presented a three-day workshop for the dance department.  OCU is considered to have the best dance training in the world. The Texas Senate recognized Melba in 1997 and presented her the Texas state flag. In l998, she was presented the Savion Glover Award at the St. Louis Tap Festival and in 2006 Savion honored Melba at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Other honors are from Tradition In Tap, Dallas Arts Council, Detroit Festival, Plaudit Award, and Who’s Who in the World, America, American Women and Education.

Melba is often introduced in New York as “the most published writer of tap in the world.”  For twenty years she wrote a tap column for two major dance magazines.  Her columns are available for reading at MelbasDance.com. She served as president of The Texas Association Teachers of Dancing and board member of Dance Masters of America. She introduced the first competitive gymnastics in south Texas.

Melba’s former students are everywhere in various forms of dance, gymnastics, exercise, ballroom and performing on Broadway. Melba conducts panels on tap history every year in New York and St. Louis. Melba is a conservator of American dance in the truest sense of the word.

 
 
Julie Doyle
Julie Doyle

DIRECTOR

Julie is the director of Melba’s Dance School and has been a part of the Melba’s family for 27 years. She also serves as the artistic director and choreographer of McAllen Dance Theatre and Melba's Triple Threat Theatre. She has been in charge of advanced programs for 10 years with specialties in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz and musical theatre. She was a dance major at Oklahoma City University and has a Bachelor of Arts in English with honors.

Her continuing education includes: memberships in the Texas Association Teachers of Dancing and the International Tap Association, and annual scholarships to the St Louis Tap Festival and the Big Apple Tap Festival in New York City. Her choreographic talents match Broadway levels in the advanced classes and she is equally skilled in the preschool levels that she loves. Julie has assisted and guest-taught tap classes at Oklahoma City University. She has also choreographed the musicals: Annie, Chicago, Pippin and Babes in Toyland, and in 2013 she developed an original Christmas production for Dias Festivos.

She is an active member of the Junior League of McAllen and served as co-chair for developing their new annual fundraiser - Mr. McAllen MVP Tailgate Party. The success of the event will help significantly impact the children of our community - a goal she aims to achieve both at Melba’s Dance and in her voluntarism efforts.


 DANCE STAFF 

 

Carmen MedinaCarmen Medina-Solis

 

Carmen Medina-Solis serves as the instructor and choreographer for McAllen Dance Theatre’s Senior and Junior Company ballet. Carmen has been dancing since the age of two. She has studied under many ballet masters such as Nikita Talkin, Eric Gibson, and Miriam Gonzalez and has performed principal roles in Classical Ballets such as The Nutcracker, Gisselle, Vivandiere, and Paquita. Carmen received an undergraduate degree in Biology with a minors in chemistry and dance and then followed with a bachelor’s degree in Physician Assistant studies. In 2008, she completed her master’s degree in Physician Assistant studies and is currently on staff at Valley Medical Arts Clinic. In addition, she continues her dance education with master classes in New York City and Houston.

Cathie Eileen Gonzalez
Cathie Eileen Gonzalez

Cathie is an instructor for Melba’s Pre-school classes and developmental ballet classes. She has been a faculty member and student of Melba’s for 25 years. She also assists Sr. Company dance classes and teaches advanced technique jazz classes. Cathie was dance captain for the NBA D-League Viper’s dance team. In 2008, she auditioned for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and made it as a finalist in training camp. This past summer, she was the lead role (Velma Kelly) in the musical, “Chicago.” Cathie’s talents extend far beyond just dance. She is a true triple threat.

Myriam Ortegon

Myriam Ortegon

Myriam has been a part of Melba’s for 16 years. She was a featured dancer in Melba’s McAllen Dance Theatre Company for tap, jazz and hip-hop. Myriam is the director for our hip-hop classes. She also teaches Intermediate hip-hop, jazz and preschool classes. Myriam continues to grow as a dancer by attending workshops and conventions such as The Pulse on Tour and the St. Louis Tap Festival. She graduated from UTPA with a Bachelor of Science in rehabilitative services.

Candice Trevino

Candice Trevino

Candice has been a part of Melba’s as a student and faculty member for 20 years and was a featured member of McAllen Dance Theatre. In high school, she was awarded UDA All-Star four consecutive years and was recruited to be a part of UDA staff her senior year. Candice serves as the choreographer and instructor of Intermediate Hip-Hop and Junior II Jazz as well as developmental tap and jazz in the younger levels. Every year, she looks forward to attending professional conventions as such The Pulse on Tour and tap festivals in St. Louis and New York. Candice is currently a senior at the University of Texas-Pan American where she is graduating this May with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies.

 

 

 

 

Mariana Adame

 Mariana Adame

Mariana has been dancing for 16 years and has been a Melba’s student and faculty member for 11 years. Mariana specializes in ballet and pointe work. She is currently majoring in Political Science and following a Pre-Law tract at the University of Texas-Pan American. She would like to take a moment and thank the unique staff at Melba’s for their unyielding support and friendship through all the years.

 

 

 

 

Lauren Flores

Lauren Flores

 

Lauren attended Melba’s as a student, where she started her dance training. She went on to be a competitive dancer and a member on the McHi Stepper Drill Team, where she became a lieutenant officer her senior year. Throughout high school, she received various titles, such as UDA All-American, Showtime International All-Star, and was also awarded the title of NDA National Champion with her competitive team. Lauren currently assists with preschool and developmental jazz and ballet classes.

 

 

Victoria Cantu

 Victoria Rose Cantu

Victoria is a musician, actress and director from Edinburg, Texas. She inherited the gift of song from La Rosa, and has been rockin’ & rollin’ since ‘88. She recently joined the Melba’s Family as vocal director for Melba’s Triple Threat Theatre, and also offers private voice lessons at Melba’s in her spare time.

Guillermo Rivas

Germo

This is Germo’s second year as part of the Melba’s Family. Born and raised in McAllen, Texas, he has been dancing for eight years and specializes in folklorico. Germo is a member of the Ballet Folklorico program at UTPA. He plans on continuing his love for dance both assisting and pursuing a degree in dance at UTPA.

 

 

 

 


MELBA'S RETAIL DANCE STORE STAFF


 
   

 

Delilah Alviar
 
Delilah Alviar
  Delilah Alviar has been a key member of the Melba's family for 16 years. She is the manager of the retail store at Melba’s and also serves as the merchandiser. In addition to retail, Delilah is the accounts administrator at the school, and her creative eye helps play a valuable role in costume and set design in both the February and May shows.

 

 

Mary Jannell Leos

Mary Janell Leos

 

 

  Mary Jannell Leos has been at Melba's for nine years. She is a key member of the retail staff and is always available to help with any ongoing project. Her bilingual skills make her a great asset to Melba's. She is friendly, capable and extremely helpful to all the staff and students. Mary Jannell is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in business accounting from South Texas College.

 
   

Mary Hernandez

Mary Hernandez

  Mary Hernandez has been a member of the Melba’s staff for three years. She is always eager to help out with projects and is a terrific salesperson. Mary’s ability to speak Spanish helps answer questions for parents. She is always pleasant and is always wearing a smile.

 

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