Alyssa’s dance journey began when she was just 3 years old after her mother realized she couldn’t go anywhere without dancing. She received her dance education at Merritt’s Dance Center in Schenectady, NY and was formally trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip-hop, contemporary, acrobatics, modern, and baton twirling. She danced competitively starting at the age of 5 until she was 17 during which she received multiple national awards and titles as a solo and group dancer. Through those years, she had the opportunity to learn from and perform with multiple acclaimed choreographers and dance companies such as Savion Glover, Mia Michaels, Barry Youngblood, Cirque du Solei, Riverdance, Peter Chu, The NYC Ballet and more. Alyssa was 14 when she started assistant teaching at her home studio. In addition to dance, she also cheered competitively on her high school and all-star teams and coached popwarner cheer starting at age 16. After moving to Nashville in 2007, she continued teaching at various studios in the area while studying at Middle Tennessee State University where she received bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Dance with the purpose of helping people, specifically children and adolescents, use dance and creative movement as a means of coping and healing as well as healthy personal reflection and expression. While at MTSU, she had the opportunity to work with b-girl Teena Marie Custer, T. Lang, the Alwin Nikolai dance company and others. Through her years of teaching, her choreographic work has been award winning both on local and national levels. As an educator, she strives to nurture her students’ passion in movement, encourage them to use dance as a positive outlet, learn the value of hard work and perseverance to achieve their personal best, exhibit good sportsmanship to all of their peers, and form a personal bond with each individual and help them grow and develop not only in their art form of dance but also as a person. She truly can’t imagine her life without dance and finds such reward and fulfillment through the relationships she builds while spreading her love of dance.
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