Marisa was born and raised in New Jersey and has been dancing since the early age of 3. She trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Musical Theater, Hip Hop and Acrobatics at the Performing Arts Academy and started competing at the age of 5. She began her professional career at the age of 10 dancing for the New York Knicks and New York Liberty. She performed with the team for four years, and enjoyed every minute of entertaining the crowd. Marisa has appeared in concept music videos, a Netflix series and has had the opportunity of performing at venues such as MSG, Prudential Center, Dance Teachers Summit Fashion Show, Disney, Barclays Center, Universal Studios, NY Carnival Sybarite and World Of Dance. In 2017 and 2019 she competed at the international Dance Organizations Tap Dance Championships in Germany, where she competed against tap dancers around the world. She placed in the top ten for her solo, as well as winning a bronze and silver medal. In 2019, Marisa performed at her first Carnival Choreographer's Ball in a peice choreographed by Theresa Stone and featured Todrick Hall.
She trained under many talented teachers, performing pieces under the direction of choreographers such as KC Castellano, Jess LeProtto, Scott Fowler, Kevin Frey, Mollee Gray, Jona Biddle, Lane Napper, Matt Steffanina, Amber Perkins and Alicia Monaco. Marisa is a member of Theresa Stone's pre professional dance company, AbstraKT BEINGS, Megz Alfonso's pre professional dance company, Unique Soulz, Taylor McLean Bosch's dance company, Nitrogen, and Deshawn Da Prince's hip hop crew, Royal Thieves. She also trains at Broadway Dance center and Peridance Capezio Center.
KC Castellano and Theresa Stone have been the biggest influence on Marisa's career. Marisa has been training with KC since she was very young. Throughout the years of working with her, she has taught her to pick up choreography quickly, how to be professional and was the teacher that really helped her transition into the professional world. For years she also admired Theresa, her work, and her company and dreamed of becoming a BEING. After taking Theresa's intensive, she was told she should audition for AbstraKT BEINGS. She was accepted to the company and has loved working with her ever since.
She studied theatre at Passaic County Technical Institute, where she has appeared in plays, musicals, choreographed and directed shows. Outside of dance, Marisa enjoys baking, listening to music, drawing, and reading poetry. Her favorite saying is "Everything happens for a reason", and is the motto she lives by. Marisa is a very hard worker, and knows how to play to her strengths of being a well rounded dancer.