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.
Cassandra has been teaching ballet and working with gymnasts for the last six years in New York and Texas. Formerly a professional ballet dancer with Hartford Ballet and Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, she has had the opportunity to perform works by Kirk Peterson and George Balanchine. Cassandra began her training at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. She also trained with Franco DeVita, Raymond Lukens and Alla Osipenko in the pre-professional division of the School of the Hartford Ballet. She currently teaches ballet technique to the Infinity Dance Company Students at Performing Arts Studio in Georgetown and coaches the women’s gymnastics team on beam and floor at Austin Gymnastics Club. Ms. Cassie will be teaching Ballet, Tap, Jazz and beginner Acro this season! We are thrilled to have her join the LDC Family!
Kristi Johnson is a senior at Cedar Creek High School. She first began dance training with her mother, Renee Case, who trained at the Shirley Wolf Dance Academy in Plano, Texas. She taught her the basic foundations of ballet and gymnastics and sparked the love for dance in her daughter.. When Kristi moved to The Woodlands in 2011, she began training at Maximum Athletics and trained in gymnastics. In 2016, she and her family relocated to Bastrop where she wanted to continue her dance training. She danced on the Middle School dance team for two years under the direction of Maria Adkins. When she continued into her High School years, Kristi danced on the varsity drill team for three years under the direction of Jamie Paige. She was a Social Officer her Sophomore year and Lieutenant during her Junior year. In the fall of 2018, Kristi began interning, observing, and training under Marisa Bain at Liberty Dance Center. Over the past few years she has found a passion and love for teaching dance, and is so excited to be here a part of the LDC Faculty! Ms. Kristi will be teaching Ballet and Jazz this season!
Summer Pacheco is well known around Bastrop for her energetic, fun and exhaustingly-good Jazzercise classes. Summer began her dance training in Bastrop as a young girl and was in competitive dance throughout Middle School and High School. She was a Honey Bear for four years and Captain during her Senior year. After having three beautiful children, Summer is getting back in the studio doing what she truly loves. She will be teaching Hip Hop at Liberty Dance Center and we are happy to have her on our team!