Welcome to

the Melody Institute!

We are the only school in the Seattle area that offers a unique mix of Chinese language and dance classes

Our School

Melody Institute, Inc., offers Chinese dance, language, and art classes in the Seattle area to students of all ages since 2005.

Our Mission

Our mission is to foster knowledge and understanding of Chinese language and culture in our community.

Dance Classes & The Melody Dance Group

Our dance students make up the Melody Dance Group, which has been performing Chinese folk, traditional, and modern dance around the Pacific Northwest for more than a decade. The Melody Dance Group has performed every year at the Folklife Festival since 1995, at Seattle Theater Group's Dance This! and Global Dance Party shows, and at numerous other festivals and venues around the PNW. In addition, the group regularly performs at nursing homes, schools, and non-profit fundraisers.

Our dancers range from ages 3 through 18 and meet once a week for class to learn traditional techniques and rehearse. Performances are optional and happen as we receive them.

If you would like our dancers to perform at your event, please contact us!

Chinese Classes

Learning a language is tough, especially when it is Chinese! Our classes are energetic, fun, and tailored to fit you or your child. Our past students have won at various Chinese language competitions and passed the HSK. Please contact us to learn more about our language classes.

Fitness Classes

You can now learn Melody's unique form of exercise! Her fitness class is a blend of east and west--incorporating movements from ballet and Chinese dance, gymnastics, yoga, and taichi with traditional Chinese medicine theory.

Melody Xie has been teaching Mandarin Chinese and Chinese folk dance in Washington State for over 20 years. She created and co-founded the Chinese language program at Lakeside School, where she taught at both the Upper and Lower School from 2001 and 2005. Afterward, Melody went on to found the Melody Institute, her own Chinese language and dance in 2005. She has also taught beginning and advanced Chinese courses at Bellevue Community College and Cascadia Community College and invited to speak at numerous teaching conferences and events in both the US and China.

A former professional dancer in China, Melody left her dance career to attend college. She holds a BA and MBA in international business from Xiamen University. Before moving to the US, she served as a lecturer at her university as well as a newspaper editor.

In 2006, Melody was awarded the Ethnic Heritage Council's Gorden Ekvall Tracie Award. She was the first person of Chinese descent to receive the honor.

An avid writer, Melody has published more than a hundred articles in Chinese newspapers and magazines in China, Taiwan, and the US.

Please reach us at:


+1 206.365.3146