Marisa Bain, Director & Instructor
Marisa Bain began her training in Houston at Joee Shapiro School of Dance under the direction of Joee Shapiro and Maggie Dickey. From day one it was clear that Marisa’s passion for dance – in all forms – would not be short-lived. She began performing professionally at the age of 15, continuing her training at renowned dance studios across the country, including Houston Ballet Academy, EDGE Performing Arts Center (LA), Millenium Dance Complex (LA), and Broadway Dance Center (NYC).
After enthusiastically and faithfully studying ballet, jazz, tap, modern, hip hop and lyrical for years, Marisa was offered a teaching position in Dallas, working alongside Kurt and Beckie Thomas at their elite gymnastics training facility teaching ballet. While working as a dance instructor in Dallas, Marisa also took the position of dance instructor and head of the hip-hop department at Preston Center Dance, one of the most prestigious dance studios in the Dallas area. In addition to her career as an instructor, she also danced professionally for the NBA Team, the Dallas Mavericks. She performed in many industrial projects for DIFFA (Designs Industries Foundation Fighting for AIDS), Zales Jewelry (Gibb Productions), Mary Kay Cosmetics (Larr Productions), Sally Beauty Supply (Larr Productions), Macy’s (PCD, Inc.), Foley’s (PCD, Inc.), and JC Penney.
In 1999, Marisa relocated to Los Angeles to further pursue her professional dance career. Represented by the prestigious DDO Artists Agency, she worked with television networks such as MTV, FOX, and MnR Productions. Marisa has performed with Mick Jagger, Lenny Kravitz, Mai Kuraki, and Dennis Rodman just to name a few. She artistically performed with Blue 13 Dance Company, Layla and the Lotus Dancers, The Delicious Dames, and in many other showcases for top choreographers, Keith Cross, Densil Adams, John Merrifield, Denise Lietner, Roni Blak, Achinta McDaniel, Joelle Consentino, Ray Leeper, Roger Lee and Marty Kudelka.
Even while concentrating on performance, Marisa continued to pursue her teaching career, directing jazz companies, Dance Asylum and D-Gen at Malibu Performing Arts Center in Malibu, CA. She taught ballet, jazz, lyrical, technique, and hip-hop at many private studios in Los Angeles including the very prestigious studio, MNR Dance Factory, where she had the honor instructing many of the Hollywood’s elite children for years. She toured all around the US as a permanent adjudicator for multiple dance competition circuits including Hall of Fame Dance Challenge and taught around the country as a dance educator with Dance Masters of America (DMA). Marisa also attended the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in NYC and graduated with a certification in Holistic Nutrition and Health Coaching. She is also CPR and First Aid educated. Marisa continues to train in New York and Los Angeles.
Marisa owned a successful dance studio, Bain Dance Academy, LLC, in the Northern Virgina/D.C. area for 4 years. Marisa, her husband, David, and daughter, Liberty, recently relocated back home to Texas in June 2014. They have a Great Dane named Avett. Marisa is thrilled to be opening a dance studio in her home state!
Marisa’s extensive experience enables her to do what she loves: contributing to the community by enriching children’s lives through dance and wellness.
Gina Lozano, Instructor
Originally from Texas, Gina Lozano began her dance training at the age of 14. Since the age of 6 years old dancing has been her passion. Her dance training consists of ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, break dancing, popping, locking, salsa, bachata, merengue and zumba. She attended and graduated Westwood high school in Austin where she competed in several dance competitions and workshops. She was also the assistant instructor at Meredith’s Dance Studio in Pflugerville Texas.
After high school, she joined a Production company, CrazyCee Productions, based out of NYC and started her journey as a professional dancer, choreographer and instructor. She performed with several artists such as: Steve Harvey, Silk, The Lox, Kool Herc, Beenie Man, Ebony Magazine and Baltimore Maryland’s Hip Hop Symposium. She trained with choreographers such as Cicely and Olisa, Shane Sparks, Fluky Luke and Wade. During this time, in 1999, she co-partnered with CrazyCee Productions and formed LetzDance Academy where they opened a dance studio and entertainment company. From 2001 to 2006, their success led them to travel throughout the US performing and instructing in Pennsylvania, California, Las Vegas, Maryland and Texas. In 2007, Gina moved back to Texas continuing her love for teaching dance with Wendy Melendez out of San Marcos, Texas, Mrs. Sanders out of Hutto,Texas and KinderDance in Austin, Texas. Through the years, fitness and dance have continued to be a part of her heart and that love will forever carry on in her life. Gina teaches Hip Hop, Pre-Ballet, Ballet and Tap at LDC!