About

Marisa Hamamoto (Bio)

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After 20 years of dancing ballet and contemporary dance in both the US and Japan, Marisa discovered & fell in love with ballroom dancing while recovering from Spinal Cord Infarction, a rare stroke which laid her temporarily paralyzed from the neck down while in college. In 2015, Marisa founded Infinite Flow - An Inclusive Dance Company, a professional inclusive dance company and nonprofit that uses dance as a vehicle to empower people and eliminate the stigma associated with disability.  Starting with no seed money and volunteering 30-60 hours weekly since January 2015, Marisa has developed Infinite Flow from a blank slate to a promising dance company and social enterprise featured by 70+ media outlets including NBC Today, Inside Edition, Good, Refinery 29, Dance Magazine, among others, and has developed partnerships with global brands including Red Bull, Facebook, Apple Inc, and Porsche.  Since 2015, Marisa has performed with and brought Infinite Flow to 70+ engagements, which include guest performances at Apple Inc's new Steve Jobs Theater (with CEO Tim Cook in the audience), Los Angeles Music Center & Nigel Lythgoe's Dizzy Feet Foundation, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Red Bull Amaphiko Festival, and the No Barriers Summit, alongside famed public figures including Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin, deaf celebrity Nyle Dimarco, and renowned speaker Noah Galloway. With Infinite Flow, she has hosted 200+ live inclusive dance classes, workshops, and events, and her videos track over 35 million video views on Facebook alone, and have been shared by actor George Takei, COO of Facebook and founder of Lean In Sheryl Sandberg, and ballroom world champions Michael Malitowski and Ricardo Cocchi.  2 of her videos have been selected by Dance Teacher Magazine as "Video of the Month" as well. Other recent accolades include being selected as 1 of 15 emerging social entrepreneurs nationwide for the Red Bull Amaphiko US Academy; creating Infinite Flow's first VR film as 1 of 10 worldwide nonprofits of the Facebook Oculus VR for Good initiative; and being named 1 of 6 "Inspirational Women" by the United Chambers of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley.  Marisa graduate the Idyllwild Arts Academy as "Dance Major of the Year", and 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.  She is a leader and artist on the rise, and looks forward to growing Infinite Flow and inspiring many to turn their passions into purpose. 

Awards & Honors Include:
Facebook Oculus VR for Good Nonprofit 2017-2018 (1 of 10 worldwide nonprofits)
Red Bull Amaphiko Social Entrepreneur 2017 (1 of 15 emerging social entrepreneurs nationwide)
Mentee, Dance/USA Institute of Leadership Training 2017 (1 of 8 emerging dance leaders nationwide)
Dance Teacher Magazine Video of the Month 2017 & 2018
Inspirational Woman – United Chambers of Commerce 2017 (1 of 6 female leaders)
Newcomer of the Year - San Fernando Valley Business Journal Women in Business 2015
Tokyo Foundation Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellow 2007-2009
Chair, Student Committee, International Association for Dance Medicine & Science, 2006-2009
Keio University SFC Best Senior Thesis
Keio University SFC Awards
Winner, California State Science Fair


Apple Inc invited us to give a special presentation at Apple Inc's new Steve Jobs Theater for Global Accessibility Awareness Day.  CEO Tim Cook opened the presentation, sat in the audience, and greeted us backstage afterwards. Click on the photo to learn more about my collaborations with Apple Inc. (2017-Present)

One of my role models, Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and Founder of Lean In and Option B, shouted me out twice on Facebook, and I had the honor of meeting her at Facebook HQ.  Click on the photo to learn more on my collaborations with Facebook. (2017-Present)

I was chosen as 1 of 15 emerging social entrepreneurs to be part of the 1st Red Bull Amaphiko US Academy.  Forever grateful to be part of this global community of brilliant minds creating positive change around the world. (2017-Present)

I love working with visionary leaders, artists, and brands to use dance as a vehicle to help break barriers and create a better connected more inclusive world. Click on this photo for booking info.

 

** For more info on Marisa's brand and influencer collaborations, visit Highlights

** For more on Marisa' speaking topics and motivational topics, visit Speaking

** For press and media links, visit Press