Marissa is an Austin area Instructor and Choreographer where she has taught at Dance Xplosion in South Austin and Akins High School. Marissa grew up in Tyler, TX studying jazz and ballet, performing in yearly Nutcracker productions and performing pieces from many ballets such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, La Fille Mal Gardee, and Pas de Quatre. After receiving her B.F.A in Dance with an emphasis in Choreography from Arizona State University, she and her husband moved to NYC where she served as the head Dance Instructor at Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School. She also served as the Artistic Director for the high school dance performance group where she choreographed and produced shows from a variety of musicals, including Fosse, Chicago, A Chorus Line, Sweet Charity and The Pajama Game. She spent time in NY performing with various choreographers at various performance venues around the city and had the opportunity to perform her own work at Artery Dance Festival. Since moving to Austin, Marissa has enjoyed performing with the Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company and serving as a dancer, choreographer and board member for The Dance Project. Marissa is excited to start Monarch Contemporary Dance Company and share her passion for dance with others.
Erin McDonough grew up in North Adams, Massachusetts where she received formal training at Berkshire Dance Theater and Canterella School of Dance. During these early years, Erin completed the Cechetti Ballet Exams and attended NADAA (National Alliance of Dance and the Affiliated Arts). Soon after, Erin attended Plymouth State University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Education and Dance. Erin has had the opportunity to perform under the direction of Prometheus Dance Company (Boston), Amy Marshall Dance Company (NYC), and Pamela Pietro (NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts). After graduating, Erin danced for IMPACT Dance Company (Boston), and Tributary Dance Company (New England). With a big move to Texas, Erin has taught dance at various locations as well as performed with Austin Allegro Dance Company. She also performed and served on the board for The Dance Project for the 2016-2017 year. She is beyond excited to start Monarch Contemporary Dance Company and can’t wait to see where this adventure takes her.