Marisa is a New York City based performer and choreographer, but is a small town girl at heart. When she's not on stage or creating new work you can find her sipping on Diet Coke and loving on her two precious nieces. She is an Arkansas native and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, with a BFA in dance performance. She studied all forms of dance as well as improvisation and choreography under a faculty that has trained with fine choreographers such as Doug Varone, Martha Graham, José Limón, Merce Cunningham and Alvin Ailey. Marisa choreographs and instructs all styles of dance, but has a special love for jazz and musical theater. She is actively working in the world of theatre and dance in addition to being the company artistic director and a choreographer for Ms. Karen’s Dance Studio in North Little Rock, Arkansas. She has over 20 years of dance training including: tap, jazz, ballet, modern, ballroom, hip hop, lyrical/contemporary, clogging and musical theatre. She works professionally not only as an onstage performer, but in many cases, as a part of the creative team. Marisa was invited to attend the Dance Teacher’s Summit in New York City and was selected as one of the 7 recipients for the 2015 Arkansas Arts Council fellowship. She is experienced with educating and instructing all ages and abilities and teaches nationwide master classes and workshops to many talented dancers and performers. Many of Marisa’s students have gone on to perform professionally and study dance and theater in prestigious schools and training programs. Not only do her dancers display excellent training and expertise in the art of dance, but they also exhibit true artistry through their performance ability. It's all about telling a story. Although she has a passion for teaching, she takes every opportunity she can to be on stage. Marisa is a member of Actors' Equity and has worked professionally as a performer and choreographer for over ten years.. Marisa hopes to continue to inspire performers to pursue their dreams as she continues to pursue hers.