Marisa grew up in Austin, TX dancing as a member of a youth competitive dance team, Austin’s Dance Elite. Here she began her love for dance and trained and competed in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical and contemporary. Marisa began teaching youth classes at the age of 13 for Alisa’s Dance Academy and Champions Gymnastics while continuing to train dance. She’s had the opportunity to train at Edge Performing Arts Center, New York City Dance Alliance, Millenium Dance Complex and many more.
After high school, she dove into the world of yoga, using it as a tool to correct injury from years in the competition dance circuit. In 2014 she received her 200hr yoga teacher training from S-Vyasa. During this time she began performing fire dance, on pointe and character acts for a number of festivals through Insomniac Events and Fire and Ice Entertainment.
Marisa fell in love with aerial after seeing a live performance and began training silks. She received her aerial yoga teacher training certificate from Levity Academy in 2017. Wanting to dive deeper into the circus world, Marisa joined Flyco, a preprofessional aerial training program in 2018. Here she had the opportunity to train Chinese pole, trapeze, partner acrobatics, lyra, silks, rope and contortion. After Flyco, Marisa became a member of A-wol, a contemporary dance aerial company and a coach with The Circus Project.
Marisa continues to train contemporary, silks, lyra and contortion regularly. She also enjoys spending time outside, taking her dog on hikes and going climbing and skiing with her partner.