Merissa Gassell originally from St. Louis, Missouri, grew up in the competition industry, assisting and touring with conventions since age 14. Her professional career began at 15 when she was given the opportunity to dance in Dee Caspary's IV Dance Company. Since then she has also performed as a principle dancer for Justin Giles’ Soulescape, and Tessandra Chavez’s Unity LA. These three companies have allowed her to perform coast to coast in shows such as the Elan Awards in NYC and numerous "World of Dance" exhibitions held in Los Angeles. Merissa has worked on halftimes for both the Liberty Bowl and the Orange Bowl featuring "Train", in addition to the opening number of Nigel Lythgoe's Dizzy Feet Foundation Gala and Capezio's 125th Anniversary show held at New York's City Center. Her appreciation for growing up in a dance studio, along with having been given many opportunities at a young age, brought out her strong desire to teach and help mold young dancers. She now tours as the a jazz teacher on Adrenaline dance convention, which allows her to share her love and passion for movement.