Marisa is a head competitive choreographer and teacher at Miss Dianna’s School of Dance. Since 1993 she has trained dancers of all levels and ages in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical modern, contemporary, latin and acrobats.
Marisa’s passion for dance began immediately watching her mom teach. One day Dianna took her out of her playpen and onto the dance floor…and she never stopped! Marisa started competing in dance and acrobats at age 5earning her many awards, titles, & scholarships. Marisa danced on the Oak Park Pommies and UMKC Dance Team, loving the team environment and molding her teaching style.
Marisa earned a BA in Child and Sport Psychology from UMKC in 2004. She has used that education to build her dancers and their self-esteem.
From 2004-2011, Marisa worked with Oak Park High School as the Theatre Department’s Choreographer, Assistant Director, and Pom Pon Coach. While coaching, the Pommies won the National Championship in New York.
In 2007 Marisa married the love of her life, Scott. In 2009 & 2012, Marisa & Scott became the proud parents of Olive and Maxwell. Becoming a Mom sharpened Marisa’s passion for the future of dance in the Northland. Marisa & MDSOD believe deeply in teaching and costuming children appropriately for their age.
Above all, Marisa believes dance is a sport that combines artistry and athleticism. Any person who feels the passion to move is welcome to join her any day!