Melissa Rector is one of the original members of the Koresh Dance Company in the City of Brotherly Love.
The Koresh Dance Company, a contemporary troupe, was founded in 1991. Ms. Rector, a West Virginia native, was attending Philadelphia's University of the Arts when it formed. (She graduated two years after.)
At this writing, she is Koresh's assistant artistic director, as well as a teacher at the Koresh School of Dance. She established a youth company for the organization, for which she serves as the artistic director. The Koresh Youth Ensemble, as it;s called, has done much of her own choreography.