Steven Melendez joined New York Theatre Ballet as an apprentice dancer in 2001. In 2006 he joined Ballet Concierto in Buenos Aires, Argentina and in 2007 joined the Vanemuine Theater Ballet Company in Tartu, Estonia. Steven returned to New York Theatre Ballet in 2010.
Steven has traveled extensively performing in international ballet galas and festivals in Argentina, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, Thailand and Venezuela.
In 2008 Steven received a Diploma from the 5th Rudolf Nureyev International Ballet Competition in Budapest, Hungary. He also received special recognition from head jurist Maya Plisetskya for his second round performance of Onegin. Afterwards, he was invited to perform in the gala entitled Celebrating the Classical Male Dancer and later represented Estonia at the 13th International Baltic Ballet Festival in Riga, Latvia. In 2009 he performed in the Johvi International Ballet Gala for Agnes Oaks’ farewell tour and in 2012 performed at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Gala The Men Dancers: From the Horse's Mouth. Steven is a Van-Lier Fellowship recipient and was a 2012 Clive Barnes Foundation Award Nominee.