Marissa Schaeffer graduated from SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Dance with a BFA in dance performance, has her doctorate with honors in Physical Therapy from Columbia University and is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with extensive personal training experience. Her areas of interest include working with dancers on safe, effective ways to heal from and prevent injury to support the longevity of their dancing careers. Marissa has taught and trained dancers from SUNY Purchase, Columbia University, Barnard College, the American Ballet Theater Summer Intensive, Mark Morris, Doug Varone, Lydia Johnson Dance, New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey and Broadway. She has helped hundreds of young dancers at various competitive dance studios on the East Coast with her workshop for young dancers, Mindful Practice. Marissa also co-hosts DanceWell Podcast which releases episodes on health and wellness for dancers. She has presented to dance professionals at the annual conferences of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science and the National Dance Education Organization and has written and contributed to articles that have appeared on Dance Teacher Magazine.com, The Epoch Times, and Dance Informa Magazine. In 2015, her workshop Mindful Practice appeared in Dance Studio Life Magazine’s feature article: Teaching Students How to be Healthy in Mind and Body. Marissa is also the Chair of the APTA’s Performing Art Special Interest Group Outreach Committee. Currently, Marissa practices as a licensed physical therapist and personal trainer in New York City.
- Physical therapy
- cross-training/personal training