Marissa was born and raised in Massachusetts, where, at the age of four she embarked on a pursuit of the arts, dancing.  After competing and teaching throughout her childhood, Marissa moved to Los Angeles in pursuit of a next-level career in the entertainment industry—while there she found success in the form of television spots, movies, and commercials.  In 2009, after many years spent honing her craft Marissa decided to leave the bright lights of Hollywood behind, choosing the beautiful and peaceful city of San Diego to begin the next stage of her life, starting a family. Following the birth of her son, Marissa was eager to test herself with a new workout, something she could get excited about, something with fast results. It took only one barre class to fall in love with the technique. It was the perfect combination of dance, strength, and lengthening. Shortly after her exposure to barre, she set out to became an instructor; Marissa is grateful to now be able to share her passion for the "barre burn" with clients of all levels. In her class you will be surrounded by lots of energy and heart, leaving you with no choice but to feel the influence of her inspiration as it pushes you to your edge.