Marissa is a Tallahassee native who started dancing at the age of six after obsessing over all things ballet since she can remember. Marissa has subsequently danced, competed, and performed in numerous styles of dance including ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip-hop, pom-pom, and even folk dance.
Her favorite dance experiences include Royal Academy of Dance examinations, Disney Magic Music Days, taking classes at Broadway Dance Center in New York City, Access Broadway competitions, being a part of the award winning DancEffects team in Tallahassee, and performing in Quincy Music Theatre’s Sweet Charity (2012) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (2017). She also recently choreographed Quincy Music Theatre’s production of Annie (2017).
Marissa was Assistant Director for the afterschool program School’s Out in the South Burlington, Vermont School District and worked in many capacities within the school district as a paraeducator, substitute teacher, and tutor. She also directed many summer camps for children in Vermont ages 5 and up. Marissa subsequently moved back to Tallahassee and tutored and directed summer camps with the Magnolia School.
Marissa has been a dance instructor and choreographer for fourteen years and has taught ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre dance, and hip-hop with Eastern Dance Association, The Edge Dance and Fitness, The Arts at Good Samaritan, Fusion 802 in South Burlington, Vermont and now TADA. She is beyond excited to work with the TADA dancers and start the first year of TADA Performance Company with Ms. Lindsey <3