Introducing Marissa Richardson 11

Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre Company

Marissa Richardson, born and raised in Missouri, has lived in the Lee’s Summit area for the past 18 years, most currently residing in Lake Winnebago.

At barely 2 years old, Marissa’s grandmother began teaching her to tap dance in her kitchen. This was the beginning of a great love of dancing.

At 9 years old, after seeing the Kansas City Ballet perform in a local park, she fell in love with ballet. Immediately becoming a student at Kansas City Ballet, Marissa took classes in the pre-professional ballet school.

After a few years and many hours of ballet study, Marissa and her family decided to try homeschooling to give her more flexibility with her time that would allow her to focus on ballet. Starting at 12, Marissa spent every summer training at the best ballet schools in the country traveling to New York City, San Francisco, Houston, Pennsylvania, Chautauqua and many others.

At 16, she became the apprentice for the Kansas City Ballet under Artistic Director William Whitener while she finished her junior and senior year of high school. She performed professionally in major productions including Todd Blender’s “The Nutcracker,” Ib Anderson’s “Romeo and Juliet,” Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot’s “Giselle” and George Balanchine’s “Serenade.”

After graduating high school and many auditions, Marissa was offered a position with the Charlotte Ballet in Charlotte, North Carolina with Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux. She was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with ballet and contemporary icons such as Patricia McBride and Dwight Rhoden. At the Charlotte Ballet, she performed in Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s “The Nutcracker” and “Peter Pan,” as well as George Balanchine’s “Western Symphony” and “The Four Temperaments.”

Currently, Marissa is enjoying pairing her love of ballet with sharing her Christian faith. She is a company member with Dramatic Truth Ballet Theater located in Grandview. Dancing with a Christian ballet company provides opportunities to travel, share her faith, choreograph and teach in the ballet school. Dramatic Truth is a Christian ballet company committed to sharing God’s love through thought-provoking ballet and modern choreography.

Marissa recently created a contemporary ballet titled “Untold.” This ballet was featured at the Rachel House A Taste For Life gala at the Midland Theater in downtown Kansas City. Dramatic Truth Ballet Theater company members will be traveling to Israel for three weeks in August 2017 to perform and serve the people of Israel.

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