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Marissa Rivera has been dancing for over 13 years training in many different styles such as contemporary, modern, jazz, salsa, bachata and many more. Although she has studied in many forms of dance her true passion shows in Social Dance forms. Marissa competed in the 2014 World Latin Dance Cup in the Pro-Am division. She was apart of the Alma Latina Intermediate and Semi-Pro Bachata Teams under the direction of Karol Delgado and Zweli Barton. She performed with Alma Latina at Bachatu 2015 where they debuted 2 new performances . Marissa is also training in Brazilian Zouk Lambada with world renowned dancers Shani Mayer and Ivo Vieira. She is a member of Ivo and Shani Zouk performance team here in LA and their New Teachers Team. Marissa holds a once a month workshop and social that focuses on bringing the social latin forms together in once place called E.L.I.P.S (Experiencing Latin International Passions).

Physical Attributes 

Height: 5'0"                                                                          Hair Color: Dirty Blonde
Weight: 125Eye Color: Hazel Brown 


  • Latin       
    • Bachata (3 years)
    • Salsa (6 years)
    • Zouk (1 year)
    • Kizomba (1 year)
  • Jazz (12 years)
  • Modern (12 years)

Other Styles

  • Ballet
  • Contemporary
  • Hip-Hop
  • Zumba



Jul 2015Present

ISDC Certified Teacher

Ivo and Shani Dance Company

Instructors training under ISDC will gain official certification to teach and be apart of the ISDC Teachers Team. They will have the ability to teach fundamental Zouk and Kizomba courses. 

Aug 2008Jun 2015

Dance Teacher Certification

Mt. San Antonio College

Students enrolled in the Dance Teacher Program at Mt. San Antonio College will take theory and technique courses that will give them the knowledge to evalu- ate students and create lesson plans for all ages and levels. 

Jul 2013Aug 2013

Zumba Instructor

Zumba Inc. 

Fitness instructors learn the basic course curriculum to teach and lead an official Zumba Fitness class. 

Work History

Jun 2015Present

ISDC Zouk and Kizomba Instructor 

ISDC (Ivo and Shani Dance Company)
Taught beginning level students in 6 week course. Also assisted level 3 Instructors with higher level classes. 
Jan 2015Present

Private Dance Instructor 

Self Employed 

Taught various styles in private settings such as home or studio locations. 


Guest Choreographer 

Walnut High School

Hired to teach to high school dance team choreography for various rallies and performances. Styles included Jazz and Hip Hop.


Dance Instructor

Bright Stars Academy 

Taught at multiple locations for youth programs. Students ages raged from 3 years to 12 years old. Styles included Baby Ballet, Jazz, Salsa, Hip Hop. 


Volunteer Dance Instructor

Los Altos High School

Helped dance team coach with leading warm ups, teaching technique and new choreography to dancers. Styles taught included Jazz, Hip Hop, and Salsa. 


Alumni Dance Choreographer 

Los Altos High School

Choreographed Salsa routine to the Social Dance Club for student dance concert. 

Education And Other Training


ISDC Teacher Training Program

ISDC (Ivo and Shani Dance Company)

An exclusive program with hand pick dancers to become apart ISDC. Training consisted of intensive Kizomba and Zouk training techniques, and hands on training during 6 week course with students. Dancer both assisted and taught along side Master Dance Instructors Ivo Vier and Shani Mayer.


Dance Teacher Certification Program

Mount San Antonio College

This Certificate is intended to prepare students for careers as dance instructors in private dance studios, recreation centers and other community programs. Focus is on the genres of Ballet, Jazz and Modern Dance with pedagogical principles that can be applied to other dance forms.


Jose Limon Technique Intensive

California State University Long Beach
2 Week long dance intensive focused on Jose Limón Technique. Each day of the  intensive was four hours long with 2 dance classes per day. At the end of intensive all the dancers were able to perform two different pieces choreographed by the Jose Limón Dance Company.

Zumba Certification

Zumba Inc.
Official Zumba Certification class with experts in the field. 

CSUF College Dance Day

California State University Fullerton 
Full day of classes by the CSUF Dance Department which styles such as modern, ballet, and Afro-Jazz. 

Laker Girl Workshop

California State University Long Beach 
Two day long dance intensive to prepare dancers for auditions in the professional dance team industry. 

 Congresses, Major events & performances

  • Bachatu Music and Dance Festival 2015
    • Performed with Alma Latina Intermediate and
      Semi-Pro Teams
  • LA Zouk Congress 2015
    • Performed with ISDC Zouk Team
  • LA Bachata Festival 2015
    • Performed with ISDC Zouk Team
  • LA BKS 2015
    • Performed with ISDC Zouk Team
  • World Latin Dance Cup 2014
    • Competed in Pro-Am Divison Salsa on2
  • Mt SAC Fall Repotory Dance Company
  • Concert 2013 and2014
  • Mt SAC Spring Dance Concert 2009-2015
    • Performer and Choreographer 
  • Back up Dancer for Bachata Artist  Abo 2011
  • World Music and Dance Awards 2011
    • Back up Dancer for Various Artist
  • Ivory Cunanan Music Video 2010


Amy Nakamura- Mt SAC Dept. Chair

Dance Department, 1100 N Grand Ave, Mt SAC, Walnut CA

(909) 274-7500 extension 4635

[email protected]

Jeff Hendrix- Mt SAC Dance Faculty 

Dance Instructor, Mount San Antonio College

Dance Department, 1100 N Grand Ave, Mt SAC, Walnut CA

 (714) 931-0131 

Aukai Cain- Ivory Cunanan's Choreographer

 Dance Instructor/ Professional Choreographer, Athletic Garage

121 Waverly Drive, Pasadena CA 91105

(626) 229-9769

(805) 255-5865

Shani Mayer- Co Founder of ISDC

International Zouk Dance Instructor 

(818) 312-2468

[email protected]