Marissa is a Towson University graduate from Columbia, MD and began classical dance training at the age of five. Marissa was a member of the prestigious Towson University Dance Team, winning three national titles, and leading her team as captain to the NDA Grand National Title in 2007. Following her graduation, Marissa acted as Assistant Coach and Choreographer for the team, helping them gain yet another national title in 2008.

Marissa began teaching and choreographing for the award winning Spotlight Studio of Dance at age 16. Her choreography has won numerous awards at regional and national dance competitions throught the US. Marissa also spent a year traveling the country assisting major choreographers to teach master classes at the WILD Dance Intensive. In 2011, Marissa was featured in a national television commercial for Google and Lady Gaga. Marissa is thrilled to return for her fourth season as a DanceWorks New Yor City choreographer, and to be a part of such an incredible community of dancers who share her passion.