Melissa Verdecia is from Miami, FL and received her early training from Mencia-Pikieris School of Dance and New World School of the Arts where she graduated summa cum laude in 2008. In 2012, Melissa went on to earn her BFA in dance from The Juilliard School under the direction of Larry Rhodes. While attending The Juilliard School Melissa performed works by Sidra Bell, Alex Ekman, Nacho Duato and Jerome Robbins among others. In 2008, Melissa was selected as a modern dance Finalist in the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) YoungARTS competition. She was also featured in the HBO series “Master Class.” In 2016 Melissa had the joy of being presented along with her BH colleagues in Lincoln Center at the Movies Great American Dance Series where she performed lead roles in works by Gustavo Ramirez Sansano and Pedro Ruiz. Currently, Melissa is in her eighth season with Ballet Hispánico with whom she performs nationally and internationally as well as teaches workshops as part of their outreach initiative. Melissa has also choreographed for and served as the rehearsal director for the Peter London Global Dance Company in Miami, FL and Dimensions Dance Theater of Miami.