Melody Eggen has been attending the Bates Dance Festival since 1994. She is known as “the pants lady” for the unique dance pants she sells each summer, a Festival tradition. Melody has worked as the costume designer for the American Dance festival, Bates Dance Festival and numerous colleges and choreographers. Design credits include work for Mark Dendy, Stephen Koplowitz, Pearson/Widrig Dance Theatre, Victoria Marks, Amy Chavasse, Larry Keigwin and Jennifer Archibald. She designs clothes and art to wear for the idres label. When not busy designing and sewing, Melody teaches ballet, creative movement and contemporary dance at Studio A DanceArts and directs the children’s dance theatre company Studio A Dancers in Chapel Hill, NC. In a future life she plans to learn to make shoes.