Artist in Residence (Dance)
Marisa Dolan started dancing in Jacksonville, Florida training in ballet, pointe, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, modern, and hip-hop. Her love for the arts led her to pursue a BFA in dance and a BFA in graphic design at Jacksonville University. During this time, Marisa was also a part of a contemporary/hip-hop company called A Rhythm Nation and danced in many local performances.
Marisa attended Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet in New York City and got to work with Gelsey Kirkland herself. She was then accepted to the Broadway Dance Center’s Professional Semester Program and moved to New York City. During this elite program, Marisa trained with renowned instructors, performed original works from prestigious choreographers, and was awarded many professional opportunities such as performing on Good Morning America and at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Marisa had the pleasure to dance with the Broadway cast of Spiderman: Turn off the Dark in their final Gypsy of the Year performance in the Minskoff Theatre. She was also a part of JT Lotus Dance Company and performed in many shows and performances throughout New York and surrounding areas.
Marisa has since then moved to Orlando, FL. She is currently dancing at Universal Studios Orlando in a variety of shows. She is continuing to work as a freelance dancer, performing with multiple production companies. Marisa is avid in sharing her knowledge and passion with young dancers through teaching dance. She travels all around the southeast region to teach workshops and masterclasses, adjudicate and teach at competitions and conventions, choreograph routines, and work one-on-one through private lessons. Marisa is also the co-creator and Artistic Director of the Dancelook Apprentice Program, a program designed to train and help young dancers transition into a professional career.