M.F.A. in Dance with Choreography emphasis, University of Maryland, College Park
B.F.A. in Choreography and Performance, Ohio University
Marissa D. Guerrero is an emerging dance artist and educator in the Washington, D.C. area. During her time at the University of Maryland, she served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant where she taught both Jazz and Modern dance technique. Marissa performed works by Lionel Popkin, Mark Haim, Dianne McIntyre, Monica Bill Barnes, Nejla Yatkin, and Alvin Mayes. She created three major choreographic works titled, Why Do I Love These People, El Producto, and No Real Place. Before moving to the Washington D.C. area, Marissa earned a B.F.A. in choreography and performance from the Ohio University, Athens in 2001. Upon graduation, she accepted a position as a director of dance at the St. Ursula Academy in Toledo, Ohio. This position required curriculum development in Choreography, Modern, Jazz, and Ballet technique, plus choreographing the annual musicals and coaching the competitive dance team for three years. Living in the Washington D.C. area, Marissa has had the opportunity to work with the National Dance Education Organization as a membership administrator and worked three National Dance Education Conferences in Michigan, New York, and California. She taught international students at Georgetown University through the Summer Discovery Program and taught Jazz and Creative Movement at the City Dance Center at Strathmore for four years. In addition to teaching, , Marissa assisted with the week long stage production of Nejla Yatkin’s Mata Hari in Tampa, Florida.
Marissa has performed professionally with the Arts United of Washington, Jeslyn Dance Gallery, Gesel Mason Performance Projects, and the NY2 Dance Company. These companies have performed at venues like the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Dance Place, The Publick Playhouse for the Performing Arts, Goose Route Dance Festival, Jack Guidone Dance Theatre at Joy of Motion, The Atlas, and the Greenberg Theater.
In addition to her adjunct position with Towson University, Marissa served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland, College Park where she taught Jazz and Modern technique classes. She is currently an arts administative assistajnt to the Maryland Youth Ballet and is a faculty member at the Kinetics Dance Theatre in Ellicott for the 2010-2011 season.