Alissa has been passionate about kinesthetics and movement since her first gymnastics class at 6. After a decade of competitive gymnastics and solo dance, Lindy hop and Charleston converted her to partner dance. Alissa moved to Bellingham in 2006, fell in with the salsa crowd and began teaching and performing cuban salsa in 2015. In 2014, she discovered fusion at Beats on the Stage and was seduced by smooth West Coast Swing, connected Micro, and empathetic Zouk.
For Alissa, partner dance is about efficient communication of momentum, direction, and weight distribution; about mood, frame, and tension; and about comfort, respect, and vulnerability. How do you share these with your partner and how do you correctly interpret their communication? A clear conversation is what makes a dance work, and what makes a dance great. Alissa's eclectic background allows her to explore the similarities between movements in different styles, what makes similar movements happen, what sets them apart stylistically. This has been invaluable for teaching fusion, a style she loves for its openness to expression, musicality, exploration and vulnerability.
Alissa is available to teach the following styles:
Alissa's real passion is teaching body isolations, effortless communication for all partner dance, and connection with yourself, your partner and the music in all dance styles.
Alissa also has experience with Kizomba, LA Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, Afro Cuban, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Nightclub Two Step, West Coast Swing, Waltz, contact improv, Blues, Tango, Belly Dance
Recent Group Classes:
Alissa has been hosting and DJing partner dance events since 2014. Whether teaching private lessons, leading large group instruction, organizing social dance nights, or DJing dance conferences, Alissa loves interacting with humans, music and movement at all levels.
Great Gatsby Fusion Formal
September 2015 to November 2016
June - August 2016
May - September 2016
June - August 2015