Melissa Fernandez began taking dance lessons ever since she could remember. Her mother took her to many ballet, tap, jazz and piano lessons as a little girl. She began taking Salsa Lessons in February 1999 and was so inspired by the drive and energy of Salsa that she began studying intensely its attractive LA Salsa style on1. In August 1999 she auditioned and out of 75 applicants she landed a spot on the Salsa Brava Dance Team, co-directed by Luis Vazquez & Joby Aranda. Undoubtedly, Melissa's styling, spins, sensuality, and passion on the dance floor has led her to become one of the world's most recognized Salsa female dancers in world. She electrifies the dance floor with every step. She is in demand and known for her fun instructional workshops. Her positive and vibrant energy are reflective both on and off the dance floor. A fierce performer on stage and a motivational teacher in the classroom. Loved by her students, fans and friends, Melissa Fernandez inspires students and challenges them to improve their dancing so they can exceed their boundaries. She has a couple dance partners but her main dance partner is the legendary Luis Vazquez. Mr. Vazquez is one of the co-pioneers of the famous LA Salsa Style on1 and together for many years, they taught & performed throughout the world. She is currently living in Karlsruhe, Germany where she is teaching & coaching salsa. On the weekends she travels to salsa congresses/festivals to teach, perform and MC (Master of Ceremonies/Moderates).