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About Melissa

When I turned 40, I decided that it wasn't too late to pursue my childhood dream of being a dancer.


I quit my job, left my marriage, and embarked on a new life: traveling the globe to learn the most intense, passionate and iconic dances of the world. It didn't matter that I had never danced professionally and that I wasn't 25 anymore. I just knew that I HAD to do it.

Follow My Lead chronicles this journey through the world of dance.


It's a web series: taking you on the adventure with me as I immerse myself in the local dance culture and take on big challenges as a dancer. And it's a blog: providing tips, advice, inspiration and personal stories about traveling solo, pushing your limits as a dancer, and chasing your dreams.  

Dance is uplifting, fascinating, exhilarating, emotional, spiritual and empowering. It is an essential part of the human experience – a vibrant way for us to communicate and express our true selves and spirits.

By sharing my exploration of the world’s dances, I hope to bring some of those powerful and positive attributes into others’ lives – no matter where they are in the world. 

Think of me as your personal dance ambassador :)

For me, traveling the world to dance – to learn from the best dancers in the world – is the challenge that feeds my soul. It’s what makes me feel the most alive.

Even if you’re not a dancer or a traveler, I’m certain that there is something you love that feeds YOUR soul and makes YOU come alive. I hope my experiences can inspire you to devote yourself to finding those challenges. You deserve it.

Thanks for joining me on this journey.

~ Melissa Mansfield ~

** Want to work together? Check our my partnerships page!

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