Clarissa began dancing at the young age of three. She soon discovered her love for dance and continued her training throughout high school at BDA Dance under the direction of Beth Lottino and Melissa Peterson. She was a member of the BDA competitive dance team for nine years. Carissa continued her post high school training at various studios throughout Chicago including Joel Hall Dance Center, Lou Conte Dance Studio, and Visceral Dance Center. In 2011, Carissa began her professional career at Walt Disney World Orlando, Florida where she danced in numerous parades and shows including “The Festival of the Lion King”. In addition to her roles at WDW, Carissa danced as a member of Yow Dance, a modern-based company out of Orlando, FL under the artistic direction of Eric Yow, and taught jazz students at X-Factor Dance and Gymnastics of Celebration, FL. Carissa is very thankful for the experiences and her many years spent in Orlando. She is very excited to be back in the Chicagoland area sharing her love and knowledge of dance.