80s Dance Workshops

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

High Spirited High Jinks with Marissa and The Cassette gang

Marissa is white hot and passionate about her dance biz, The Cassettes!  She thrives on leading dance and lifting the human spirit, through the awesome power of eighties and nineties music and dance.

Marissa has worked with major clients including Channel 7, ABC, QPAC, NORPA and Brisbane Powerhouse, Woodford Folk Festival, Byron Bay Blues Festival, Falls Festival and Splendour in the Grass.

The most major clients Riss has by far and away, are the awesome groovers in her workshops and classes.

Her warm, playful and accessible choreography and leadership style has often been described as “life-changing”.

Epic one-off 80’s Dance Workshops

The Cassettes Workshops create a friendly, interactive atmosphere that allows festival goers to meet new people.

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’ 80s 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, joy!


Every year Marissa leads hundreds of people dancing and smiling in Cassette Workshops, Mix Tape 80s Dance and Contemporary Dance Classes.  She thoroughly enjoys leading people to have a fun, physical, funny, connected, creative and colourful time.

Marissa founded The Cassettes in 2012, but before that:

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.

Right Here, Right Now

Marissa now adores Directing The Cassettes, 80’s Flashmob Dance.  This includes planning and facilitating the Flashmob Troupe classes and choreography, leading epic 80s Dance Workshops for Festivals, Birthdays and Hens Parties, guiding the fantastic Mix Tape and Flashmob Dance Company, 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