Ney Melo is an internationally renowned Argentine Tango teacher known for his innovative teaching methods and passion for teaching. Ney grew up in New York City and received a scholarship to the prestigious Regis High School in Manhattan. After graduating from Binghamton University with a degree in Accounting, Ney worked for Lehman Brothers but, after September 11th, he discovered tango and left his career to pursue his dream in Buenos Aires. His story has been featured on Yahoo! News, the NY Times, and many other news publications.
Ney’s tango inspiration and training came from the master couple “Javier Rodriguez y Andrea Missé” and other Argentine masters of the salon style of tango. In 2007, he and his partner Jennifer Bratt established a tango school in the Nob Hill section of San Franciso which reintroduced the traditional salon style of tango to the young generation of West Coast tango dancers. In 2011, they moved back to New York City in order to be closer to their families.
After Jennifer took a break from teaching and performing tango in 2011, Ney went on to partner with Maestras Cecilia Gonzalez and Virginia Pandolfi on teaching tours to Iceland, Australia, Germany, and Italy.
Ney's tango instruction is sought out by beginning and advanced dancers, as well as other teachers and choreographers from all over the world. The atmosphere in his classes is relaxed, personable and lively, and he places equal emphasis on the lady’s role as the man’s. Technique and the essence of tango, both fundamental to dancing well, are stressed in whatever step is being shown. Ney is dedicated to inspiring students to dance tango with feeling, musicality, cadencia, and connection – the way it is danced in Buenos Aires.