Alissa grew up dancing competitively and holds a BS in Biochemistry with a Minor in Dance. In college, she discovered a love of modern dance and added that to her extensive training in ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, and tap. Alissa received a variety of undergraduate research grants in dance studies, and eventually went on to produce, choreograph, stage, and perform a senior thesis in dance.
Alissa attended the American Dance Festival on scholarship. While there, she worked with Douglas Nielson, Jeffrey Bullock, Lisa Race, David Dorfman and Kraig “Bopi” Patterson with whom she performed repertory from Mark Morris.
Alissa’s professional credits include company member and soloist for Shelter Repertory Dance Theater. She was also a company member with Ko-Motion Movement Theater and was Co-Captain/Choreographer of the Albany Attack Professional Lacrosse League Dance Team.
Alissa’s primary focus is now on teaching and she has taught as an artist in residence at a variety of colleges and universities. Her students have been successful in both collegiate programs and on the professional front. Alissa’s approach to teaching is one of discipline, history, body awareness, and proper technique. She incorporates the fundamentals of dance with a kinesthetic sense; while combining her science background with dance technique, to teach body placement, alignment, and injury prevention. Most of all, she tries to inspire through passionate, energetic teaching and pushing students to aim for their highest potential. When Alissa is not in the studio she spends her time as a health and fitness coach, and loves traveling, reading, hiking, and cooking!