Zumba Fitness Instructor
Born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, Melissa began dancing at the age of 3. She took ballet, jazz, and tap lessons for over 20 years. While growing up, Melissa participated in several Joe Tremaine competitions where she won 1st and 2nd places for Tap and Jazz performances.
At the age of 14, she became a ballet teacher for children and later taught dance and performing arts at the English Through the Arts School in Monterrey, Mexico. There, she directed numerous Spring recitals and shows, putting together choreographies for children ages 3 to 12.
After finishing her B.A. in Communications, Melissa moved to San Diego where she pursued her career in journalism and broadcasting and worked as a writer at NBC and CBS local news stations.
During that time, Melissa also got certified and became a part time Zumba instructor at various gyms across San Diego County. Her Latin background and love for dance and fitness attracted Melissa to ZUMBA Fitness. She is now certified in ZUMBA Basic I, and Zumbatomic (for kids).
She is also a private and group salsa instructor. In addition, she also has a party and event business where she entertains guests by teaching them how to dance and making them get on the dance floor.
Melissa has recently joined the Alma Latina Salsa Team and is on her way to becoming a professional salsa dancer.
Ever since she became a ZUMBA Instructor, Melissa has found ZUMBA to be a fusion of her favorite things in life which are dance, music, and fitness. She is very happy to be spreading the love for ZUMBA not only because it’s a great way of keeping in shape but it’s a fun way of spreading enthusiasm and love for life.
In every class, her goal is to have students who walk in with a frown on their faces, leave with a smile.