Marissa Anderson


Marissa Anderson, (previously Marissa Staniec), began her dance training at the early age
of 3 in her home state of Michigan at Deborah’s Stage Door in Rochester Hills, MI. Her
competitive training allowed her to become fluent in Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap,
Ballet, Modern, and Gymnastics technique. She continued her dance training at Western
Michigan University where she was awarded acknowledgements including the Ethel
Eaton Dance Scholarship, the Partners in Dance Scholarship, and the Dalton Excellence
Scholarship. She has performed choreography from noted artists such as George Faison,
Lou Conte and Doug Varone. She has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center in
Washington D.C. for the American College Dance Festival where her choreography was
chosen to represent WMU in the festival. She has also studied at the Opus Ballet
International Dance Festival in Florence, Italy and the PAC in Los Angeles, CA. Her
professional credits include Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Spirit/Dublin Productions,
Rochester Hills Dance and Arts Society and GP Cabaret. Her television performances
and appearances include TLC’s Cake Boss, Lifetime’s Dance Moms, CBS’s Bluebloods
and ABC’s Good Morning America. Marissa has had experience adjudicating dance
competitions for 9 years with numerous competitions such as StarQuest, BravO!, Beyond
the Stars and Dance Masters of America. She has taught numerous master classes and
workshops at studios and conventions all along East Coast and Midwest including The
Dream Center Dance Academy in Massapequa, NY and Nadia’s Performing Arts Center
in Bayside, NY. Marissa is also the producer, writer and host of her own podcast,
“Beyond the Mirror”.