Dr. Melanie D. Driver-Milow ’97
Alumna – Arts, Sciences and Engineering
My Meliora Moment came somewhere between my sophomore and junior year, the “aha” moment of my path. No longer feeling passion for my chosen field, I began to accept that what had been a hobby was actually my calling. I was called to dance. This belief was so strong that I crafted, proposed, and was awarded the first Bachelors of Arts in Dance with an Emphasis on Mind/Body Relationship, circa 1997. The first battle cry of Meliora was born on my lips. And it is the power of this word that has brought me to where I am today.
On Tuesday, February 2, 2007, I sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury on my way to teach. At the moment of impact I knew that my life was going to be very different— Meliora. After dealing with the limitations of traditional Western Medicine, I turned to dance and all of its dance realignment techniques, philosophies, and the codified styles. I then began incorporating martial arts, yoga, Pilates, and the holistic practices of Ayurvedic and Chinese Traditional Medicines. Four years later finds me revisiting my medical and psychology roots, combining them with the newly acquired knowledge to date. I am currently researching, creating, cultivating, and writing ”The Axiom of M*SHAKA*FUSION Technique;” the chronicle of my journey of healing through dance and its many channels.
Meliora then. Meliora now. Meliora forever.
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