Mover. Educator. Choreographer
A New York native, Marissa has taught all throughout the U.S including Mark Morris and currently for Broadway Dance Center’s CTP Program. She has presented work throughout NYC through her pre-professional training company, Kinections Dancegroup. They have presented work at Peridance’s Choreographer’s Showcase, NYC Dance & Music Festival & the Artists in Flight Series at the TADA! Youth Theater.
Marissa received her B.A in Dance from The New School and has worked with Joao Carvalho, Karla Wolfangle, Ori Flomin, Take Ueyama, Jim May/Ana Sokolow, and the Trisha Brown Dance Company. As a performer, Marissa has danced for Michelle Duvall Dance Collective, Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup, Cecilia Daninthe, Long Island Dance Project & Community Dance Project. Professional performances include NY Couture Fashion Week, The Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade, Kids Cafe Festival, Flying Tiger & The Today Show.
She has performed nationally and internationally at The Hatch, Center for Performance Research, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Triskelion Arts, Dixon Place, Actors Fund Theater, Hudson Guild Theater, the ETC Performance Series in Philadelphia and at the Castello Aragonese in Agropoli, Italy. In addition to dancing, Marissa is currently the Program Coordinator/Youth Director for an international dance program called Dance Italia.
As a teacher I believe in solidifying a strong and solid technique with all of my students. I want to challenge and push past initial limitations they may be holding onto. My class will first and foremost target self-growth in a nurturing environment. Beginning with a warm up that initiates and strengthens technique, I move into active stretching and lots of core work. Exercises are then given to travel across the floor based off of what the students work on in the center of the room. The rest of the class is dedicated to choreographed phrase-work which enables the students to challenge how they approach movement along with their own personal self-expression. I want to give students a safe place to work without feeling pressure to achieve perfection. I encourage all students in a healthy way to push through boundaries to become stronger artists.
"For me, dance is a way to tap into release. It allows me to find balance while exploring a vast spectrum of dynamics and emotions. Tapping into these connections I believe will expand my skills as an all around stronger artist."
"I aspire to continue learning, discovering, creating, and performing."