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 8 years with numerous competitions. She has taught master classes and workshops at numerous studios all along East Coast and Midwest including, Rebel Dance Alliance, Star Quest International, Jacqueline Rivera’s Dance Couture, Street Beatz and Deborah’s Stage Door.