Marissa Stanley is a dance educator who specializes in creating positive, self-affirming environments for children and adults. Marissa has trained students with both recreational and professional goals and is wholly committed to bringing dance education to all bodies and abilities. Marissa began dancing as a child and rediscovered her love for dance shortly before attending Bridgewater State University (BSU) where she majored in Dance Education. While at BSU, Marissa served as an assistant choreographer to Larry Sousa (Gypsy, 2017) and Dori Bryan-Ployer (The Little Mermaid, 2018) through The Family Performing Arts Center at BSU. Marissa also teaches dance and theatre at Arts for Youth. Marissa attends classes and workshops through the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) where she continues to study the latest trends in dance and dance education as well as choreography composition. Marissa earned her BA in Dance Education with minors in theatre and musical theatre from Bridgewater State University in 2017. She graduated cum laude with dance honors recognized through the NDEO. She is thrilled to be joining the faculty at The MMAS Academy.