Marisa Nelson is our Laner of the Week

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Originally from Washington, Marisa recently moved to New York City to pursue a career in dance. When she’s not dancing or out on a ML gig, you can find Marisa exploring the city, reading a good book, or binge watching Netflix. Fun fact: Marisa loves to cook yummy, healthy food. Outside the Lane Marisa is a server for Union Square Events and she volunteers with Steps on Broadway at the Hudson Guild Childcare Center.

To check out more about Marisa head to her Instagram @marisa_nelson

What was your favorite ML gig?

My favorite ML gig was the Adidas Runners Run Base, a week long pop in preparation for the NYC Marathon.

What do you love about the Lane?

I love connecting with the other Laners! Being new to the city has been a struggle, but getting to work with and meet so many awesome Laners has made the transition much easier.

What is your go-to coffee order?

Chai Latte

What is the last book you read or movie your watched?

The last movie I watched was “A Star is Born” with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. It was amazing, 10/10 recommend.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

My senior year at college I started a club in my dance department, The Student Dance Association. There was a lot of work to be done in order to even create the club. This included writing a club constitution, electing officers and members, and going through a whole recognition process. As president and club founder, I gave the dancers at Central Washington University a much greater voice and presence not only in our department, but campus wide. Our first big club event, which I am very proud of, was a giant flash mob in collaboration with other CWU clubs. You can watch the whole thing here:

Last great vacation you took?

Disneyland this past July. The Guardians of the Galaxy ride is epic.

When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?

Dance has always been my escape. Whenever I’m having a bad day, I either dance around my apartment or go take a dance class. Grilled cheese and tomato soup helps too.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?

The best piece of advice I’ve ever received was from my oldest sister, she told me to ‘stop worrying about things I can’t control.’ That simple piece of advice has helped me get through graduating college and moving across the country.

As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?

When I was a child I wanted to be a dancer, and here I am still reaching for that dream!