Marisa Bain, Director & Instructor

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 Virginia/D.C. area for 4 years. Marisa, her husband, David, and daughter, Liberty, relocated back home to Texas in 2014. They have a Great Dane named Avett and a tortoise named Lulu, and 2 cats: Feather and Shadow. Marisa is thrilled to have 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.

 

 KRISTA BAKER, Instructor

Krista Baker is a seasoned dancer who began dancing at the young age of 5 years old. For as long as she can remember, she was always very interested and involved in theater and dance, which would lead her to travel throughout her home state of Kentucky.

As an adult, she continued her interest in dance and went on to study ballet, jazz and modern dance at University of the Arts and Western Kentucky University. 

Krista’s ongoing passion for dance and movement led her to move across the country to California, where she continued to train with local dance companies and schools in San Diego and Los Angeles.

She had the fortune of performing in various projects and events where she became a member of companies such as Continuem Dance Company and Ooh La La Revue.

She continues to find joy through movement, expression and choreography which has led her to pursue a career in dance education for both children and adults. Her interest in dance education led Krista to start an organization which focused on bringing performing arts curriculum to public schools.

Krista is now a resident of Austin, TX and is very excited to join the LDC Dance Family! She is looking forward to continuing to share her love of dance. She will be teaching Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Musical Theater at LDC this season.

RENDI NEESE, Instructor

Rendi Neese has over 20  years of dance and choreography experience with all different genres. She started a young dance journey competing in solo, duo/trio, and group dances. For many years she not only competed for herself but taught recreational and competitive dance classes at  Inspirations Dance Studio.

Rendi has experience performing in lead roles for the Lone Star Ballet in Amarillo, Texas, and the production of The Heart of the Tin Trunk in Round Top, Texas.  With years of working with young boys and girls of all ages, Rendi’s favorite dance style to teach is a jazz/contemporary mix. She has won numerous overall awards in her day with the competitive dance circuit not only for herself but for her students.

Rendi spent a year dancing for her college dance team in Oklahoma before moving to Waco, Texas where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Education at Baylor University. Sic’em Bears! While in Waco, she took some time off of teaching dance and transitioned to creating a Varsity cheer program for a local private school, Live Oak Classical. She led her co-ed team to competitive success at the Tapps National Cheer Competition and strived to keep a program focused on leadership and community.

Now that she is back in her hometown of Bastrop, Texas,  Rendi is excited to be a part of Liberty Dance Center and ready to continue sharing her passion for dance.

 

 MITCHELL BUSH, Instructor

Mitchell Bush was born and raised in Raleigh, NC. She grew up in a local dance studio from third grade to high school, where she took everything from ballet to clogging to pointe. She cheered throughout  high school career, as well. 

Mitchell attended East Carolina University where she majored in Special Education and was a member of the ECU Dance Team for three years. Her team danced for football, baseball, soccer and even some volleyball teams! They competed once a year in Daytona, FL.

After college, she was a middle school teacher. She went back to her local dance studio and taught Hip Hop and Jazz for ages 7-19. She moved to Bastrop about a year ago and now works as a Sales Rep. Mitchell is thrilled to be in the studio again doing what she loves! She will be teching Hip Hop and Drill Team Prep/ Pom Pom at LDC this season.