As a professional dancer, Marisa was always
looking for the perfect dancewear; leotards
that wouldnt ride up in the back or
fall down in the front, unitards without
a front seam, interesting colors and fabrics
and seams that last with no elastic.
Through her exposure to top designers and
costume shops around the world, Marisa gained
a strong knowledge of what is both visually
pleasing and comfortable. It was her success
among other professional dancers and teachers
that lead her to pursue ByMarisa as a second
While performing with The New York City
Ballet, Marisa made dance clothes for herself
and colleagues. While observing Barbara
Matera in the NY City Ballet costume shop,
Marisa started to develop her own ideas
about designing quality dancewear for professionals.
While performing with Nacho Duatos
Compañia Nacionale de Danza in Spain,
and later with Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse
in France, Marisa began to incorporate a
more European sense into her designs. Her
dancewear was an instant success among company
In 2003, while back in the USA, Marisa
offi cially launched ByMarisa while also
performing in the first national tour of
Carousel and then in The
Phantom Of The Opera on Broadway.
Costume designer Sue Kauffman, commissioned
ByMarisa to create a look for Neve Campbell
and members of the Joffrey Ballet for the
film The Company by Robert Altman
(Sony Pictures Classics 2003).
Kevin ODay, Carol Parker (Pilobolus),
The North Carolina Museum of Art, Sara Hook
Dance, Pascal Benichou Dance Theater, Neglia
Ballet Artists, Manhattan Youth Ballet and
Ballet Academy East in NYC. In 2008, Marisa
was costumier for Pascal Rioults new
piece Small Steps,Tiny Revolutions.
Most recently Marisa created the costumes
for Lisa DeRiberres The Trout
for Barnard Dace Department.
Marisas work has been featured on
the covers of Dance Magazine and Dance Spirit
and in the pages of The New York Times,
Pointe and Pilates Style Magazines.
In October 2008 Marisa was a featured designer
for the premier issue of Dance Retailer
News, and again in Dance Magazines
article, Dancer Designers.
Currently Marisa is developing a new line
of yoga clothing called OnMyMat, while simultaneously
creating a studio workout with the same
name. OnMyMat combines the essential principles
of pilates, yoga and dance in an exciting