Melanie Torres was born and raised in Spanish Harlem. As her mother’s only child, she was encouraged to pursue a career in law or medicine. While she always excelled in school, Melanie’s passion for dance could not be ignored. All throughout high school and college she constantly took dance classes, but she did not discover her true passion, Salsa, until she was a freshman in college. It was an instant connection and I quickly fell in love with this beautiful music and dance”. While pursuing her law degree fr
om Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Melanie performed with such Latin legends as Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, El Gran Combo, Ruben Blades and many other noted artists. After passing and being admitted to the New York State Bar Association Melanie practiced law for a little over four years. This was not enough for her. In the Summer of 2002 Melanie opened up her own dance studio, Dance On 2. There she teaches weekly Salsa lessons including Open Shine, Turn Pattern, and her very unique Ladies’ Styling classes. “I never thought that I could affect so many people in a positive way doing something that brings me so much joy”. She is also the Director of the world famous Copa Girls at the legendary Copacabana performing Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights.