I began to realise how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good, either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be. – Roald Dahl
Marissa is white hot and passionate about The Cassettes’ Flashmob Dance Company, our local 80s Dance Classes, and inspirational one-off workshops. Marissa thrives on choreographing and leading. Raising peoples’ spirits, through the awesome power and hilarity of eighties music and the beauty of dance, is what she knows best.
Marissa has worked with major clients including Channel 7, ABC, Jupiters’ Casino, Woodford Folk Festival (main stage NYE 2017/2018 being a highlight!), Falls Festival, Splendour in the Grass, QPAC, NORPA and Brisbane Powerhouse. Marissa thoroughly enjoys leading people to have a fun, physical, funny, connected, creative and colourful time.
Epic one-off 80’s Dance Workshops
Every year Marissa leads hundreds of people dancing and smiling in Cassette Workshops and classes. The Cassettes Workshops create a friendly, interactive atmosphere that allows festival goers to meet new people.
Our radical 80’s Dance Workshops are led with integrity, confidence and humour. They leave people feeling transported; in more than one dimension.
To book an 80’s Dance Workshop for your Festival or Special Event, contact Marissa
The Cassettes’ one-off 80’s Dance Workshops:
- Are seriously fun
- Builds / deepens a sense of being in a friendly team
- Suitable for complete beginner to intermediate dancers
- Engages critical thinking in surprising ways
- Lifts the energy of the whole group sky high
- Builds the self-esteem of all participants
- Are empowering, intelligent, accessible and creative
- Brings a sense of humour and light-heartedness into people’s hearts
- Builds rapport among groups
- Are organised and well prepared, with a feeling of spontaneity
Marissa has glitter running through her veins, and she knows you do too! Let’s shine our light together!
Marissa has been a dance leader and maker for many years. She created The Cassettes in 2013.
Marissa completed a triple major in Contemporary Dance, Visual Art and Creative Writing at Deakin University; completed a Diploma of Education at Southern Cross University; Cert IV Dance The Lismore Conservatorium, specialising in Bodyweather; Associate Level Jazz, Advanced Ballet and Tap EDTA syllabus at Jill Peachey School of Dance, including training with Queensland Ballet choreographer, Cath Doherty.
Prior to The Cassettes, Marissa’s work was staged at Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art, Brisbane Powerhouse, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Starcourt Theatre, Lismore City Hall and Starcourt Theatre, Deakin University, Byron Theatre, Falls Festival, Splendour in the Grass, Dancing Ground Festival, Lyndhurst Solar Eclipse Festival, Straight Out Of Brisbane, and Byron Bay Writer’s Festival.
Marissa co-devised and performed in NORPA’s full-length dance-theatre work, Beautiful Bones, Directed by Brian Lucas.
Marissa now adores Directing The Cassettes, 80’s Flashmob Dance. This includes planning and facilitating the Flashmob Troupe classes and choreography, leading epic one-off 80’s Dance Workshops for Festivals and Special Events, guiding the fantastic Mix Tape, Hot Stuff and Flashmob Dance Company Teachers, and blogging here.
She is very happy to be adding colour and creativity to the world, through The Cassettes.
We cover the universe with the drawings we have lived. – Gaston Bachelard