We want yoU under our wings
We want yoU under our wings
OWNER/DIRECTOR OF FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT DANCE COMPANY
Marissa began her dance career at the age of 3 years old and has always dreamed of owning her own studio someday. She grew up dancing and competing in the Chicagoland area. Marissa has trained in hip hop, jazz, contemporary, tap, lyrical, and ballet. She has assisted various choreographers in the Midwest to further her knowledge and training. She has competed at World Of Dance and has been in the competition dance world for 8 years. Marissa was the Co-Director and choreographer for The Dynasty and led them to numerous 1st place victories and special judges awards. Marissa choreographed and competed for her High School’s Varsity Dance Team all 4 years and was their team captain senior year. Additionally, Marissa is a faculty member for Activate Your Artistry Dance Convention’s Abandoned Tour 2020-2021. She will travel with them to different cities to share her passion and love of dance with the world. Dance has always been Marissa’s safe place and one of her goals was to create a safe place where her students can express themselves and grow not only as dancers but as humans. Marissa created a following for herself by hosting online classes and masterclasses in the months leading up to opening her own studio at the age of nearly 19 years old!!! Marissa choreographed 26 routines for Freedom Of Movement Dance Company Season 1. Those routines received a total of 85 awards, placements, or forms of recognition this season. She has received multiple choreography awards and had routines re-compete in the showdown at Nationals.
Melanie Rodrigues, born and raised in Dayton, OH, began her dance training at Pontecorvo Ballet Studios under the direction of Barbara Pontecorvo. She later joined their resident pre professional ballet company, Gem City Ballet, where she performed many new works, classical repertoire, as well as Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, Serenade, and Raymonda Variations. She also trained at many summer intensives including Ballet West, Miami City Ballet, American Ballet Theater’s Collegiate Program, and Alonzo King Lines Ballet. In 2017, Melanie joined Ballet 5:8’s Trainee Program, performing company repertoire, as well as teaching in Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts. Melanie is currently a Senior Apprentice with Ballet 5:8.
CONTEMPORARY / TURNS & PROGRESSIONS
Melanie Dalaly fell in love with dance at a young age. Originally from Naperville, IL, she moved in 2014 to pursue her B.F.A degree at Point Park University and Conservatory in Pittsburgh, PA. Since graduating in 2018, she has moved back to the Chicago area. During her years at Point Park, she worked with master teachers that have done work all over the country such as Kiesha Lalama, Kiki Lucas, Stephanie Martinez, Josh Manculich, and others. Prior to Point Park, she had the privilege of studying under the direction of Lizzie MacKenzie at Extensions Dance Company in Chicago where there was a strong focus on contemporary, jazz, ballet, partnering, improvisational work, and pointe. While there, she got the opportunity to work with various choreographers such as Ahmad Simmons and Sean Rozanski. To further her training in the summers, Melanie participated in the River North Dance Chicago College/ Pro intensive. She also received scholarships to attend other intensives as well as various conventions during this time. Melanie enjoys working with students and spreading her love of dance through teaching and choreographing. Teaching at multiple studios across the Chicagoland area, she likes to focus on a strong foundation of technique with an equal emphasis on exploration of movement in her classes. She has set pieces on youth students along with pre-professional college conservatory students. Since her start in choreography in 2016, Melanie has received multiple choreography awards and has had her work accepted into shows such as Dance Chicago
Kylee began dancing at the age of 3. She has trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, and contemporary. She danced competitively for 8 years. She has competed at World Of Dance and has won numerous national championships. Kylee has assisted many choreographers. She is Marissa Marinelli's assistant in all genres of dance. Kylee has been a receptionist for 2 years and will be furthering her education to become an Esthetician. Kylee is excited to share her knowledge and inspire dancers to follow their dreams.
Vince grew up in the Chicagoland area. He has 10 years of strength and conditioning experience as a student as well as an instructor. He has trained intensively for numerous sports to improve his agility, endurance, stability, and overall health. Vince's passion for fitness and nutrition has led him to the path of Chiropractic education. He attends Joliet Junior College and will transfer to National University Of Health Science's to complete his bachelors degree in Biomedical Science with an emphasis in Nutrition and receive his Doctor Of Chiropractic degree. Vince is excited to share his knowledge with Freedom Of Movement Dance Company and help prepare them for their upcoming dance season.
STRETCH & TECHNIQUE
I began my dance training at the age of 4 and started competing at the age 6. My dance background is filled with tons of different styles. I studied with Gus Giordano as well as Joe Tremaine and have won many different titles and scholarships along the way. I started teaching dance along with coaching power tumbling at the age of 16, it was then I found my love of coaching gymnastics. I started training level 7 through 10 gymnasts along with choreographing floor and beam routines. I have students all around Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan who have won many national titles in the dance world. I also have worked with many school dance teams in Indiana and Illinois. I have many students that are now out in the world living their dreams as professional dancers all over the world. One of them is my own Daughter. My heart and passion has helped me combine my training with dance and gymnastics to becoming an instructor known for training skills, flexibility, and strength for any style of dance or gymnastics. I also specialize in cleaning any level of dancer and dance style. I am always excited to meet new hard working children. I inspire them because they inspire me.