Marisa believes we all have a dancer inside of us and we all can make a difference in the world. Professional Ballroom & Salsa Dancer, Actress, Choreographer, Instructor, Speaker, and the Brain behind Infinite Flow, America's 1st professional wheelchair ballroom dance company. Newcomer of the Year, San Fernando Valley Business Journal Women in Business Awards. Guest Speaker, Los Angeles Business Journal “Women Making a Difference Symposium & Awards". Featured on NBC's "The Today Show", NowThis, Refinery 29, GOOD Magazine, Fox-11 News, ABC-7 News, KCBS-2 News, and KCAL-9 News, among many other media publications. After 20 years of dancing ballet and contemporary dance in both the US and Japan, Marisa started salsa and ballroom dancing while recovering from Spinal Cord Infarction, a severe neurological disease which laid her paralyzed from the neck down. She feels blessed to be back on the dance floor again, and is now dancing and teaching professionally full-time. Marisa founded Infinite Flow in January 2015 as a way of giving back her love for, and it is her life mission to share the magic of dance to people of all abilities. Marisa has been featured in various commercials, infomercials, and tv shows, and has performed at hundreds of shows, events, and private parties. Marisa earned both her BA and MA on merit scholarships from Keio University, the “Harvard” of Japan. While in college, Marisa linked her dancing with her academic studies, and researched and published papers in the fields of Dance Science and Dance Education and served on leadership for the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science for 3 years. Marisa has volunteered 30+ hours weekly since January 2015 to get Infinite Flow off the ground. She is a leader and artist on the rise and has many great plans for the future of Infinite Flow.
I dance to feel beautiful, graceful, powerful, and free, and I believe everyone has the right and the ability to dance and feel this way.
Whether you have two left feet or two left wheels, we all have a dancer inside of us.
Everyone deserves to dance! Everyone can dance!
Dancing is transformational, and dance lessons are life lessons.
Borrowing the words of Martin Luther King, "I have a dream that one day all the little wheelchair boys and wheelchair girls will be able to join hands with little ambulatory girls and ambulatory boys, like brothers and sisters."