Hi,   Just wanted to let you know how fabulous yesterday's class felt (and actually all the classes). Particularly, this was the first time that anyone has been able to explain and break down the 3/4 shimmy to actually make it comprehensible to me-- even though I was a bit out of it yesterday. I'm starting to think that maybe there is hope for me after-all!  xxoo N

Hello Melina, I would like to thank you for a wonderful time in Baltimore this past weekend. I was delighted with what I learned in your classes...Thank you again, you were just lovely.

Dear Melina, I greatly enjoyed the workshop you so graciously gave this Saturday for the beginners...Also, I just read your mission statement for the Daughters of Rhea, and it's just as beautiful as you are. I almost cried. Please keep me informed as to when you might be traveling south and teaching again. I'm planning to start taking classes with Piper, and hopefully will get to learn from you as well.

Melina - You did a wonderful job with the workshops I attended Sunday afternoon in Baltimore. You have a gift for teaching - it was a pleasure to have you as an instructor.

Hello Melina, I want to thank you for your great classes this past weekend. I loved the entire seminar. Your mom is so full of energy...her combos were great. I loved your choreographies. Again, it was a wonderful weekend. Thanks so much.

Melina, I wanted to write and say what a truly inspiring weekend the Baltimore Belly Dancing Extravaganza was - due entirely to you, your sister and your mother! I also wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your classes, I took both the choreography class and the "techno belly" class - what a blast! You are a delight to learn from!

Wonderful website! Thank you for your dedication to the dance. You are an inspiration.

Hi Melina, I went to your class tonight and really enjoyed it. You are very good at breaking down and verbalizing the steps.

Dear Melina, I am very glad that Bob and I went last night to see East and West ..... first and foremost, you embodied the essence of performance ..... poise, presence, and professionalism ... it was a joy to watch you.

Dear Melina, Last Saturday night, I was in the audience at Karoun's--fascinated, delighted, and very moved by your performance. You were full of joy--even ecstasy--and artistry. Thank you. I look forward to your upcoming performances.

I had to tell you how much we all enjoyed your circus on Sat.!  We all felt it was the best circus we had ever been to - really. And the kids were so thrilled that Sacha waved to them from the stage. Thank you!

Also -- would you mind sending me your play list? We enjoyed  the music, recognized it from class, and would like to buy some of it ourselves.

Thanks again for such a memorable experience...see you Tuesday. -L

Notes from the Ivory Tower - Comments from Students at Boston College where Melinda Melina Pavlata taught as an adjunct professor of French.

“What are the strengths of this instructor?”

"Sense of humor.  Patience.  Fair grading procedures.  Constructive comments.  Really works to improve every student.  She made learning French fun.  Its a shame she won't be giving class next year.  Challenges you to do your best work.  Very friendly and approachable.  Helped me very much on my grammar.  Kind/sweet.  Understanding.  Funny. Intelligent.  Knowledgeable.  Caring.  Smart lady.  Helpful.  Accessible.  Enthusiastic.  Made coming to class and learning enjoyable.  Great at outlining what she's expecting.  One of the best profs I've ever had. Passionate.  Fun.  Amiable.  I loved this course!  I would love to have professor Heywood [Pavlata] as an instructor anytime!  I loved Professor Heywood [Pavlata].  She is one of my favorites."