Originally from Edmonton, Karissa has been a professional freelance contemporary dance artist since 2002, performing and instructing throughout Canada, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Scotland, Singapore, and Wales.
She has worked with choreographers and companies such as Action at a Distance, Anne Plamondon, Amber Funk Barton/The Response, Ezdanza, Joe Ink, Les Productions Figlio, LINK dance, Mascall Dance, Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, Raven Spirit Dance, Sylvain Émard Danse, Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, and Wen Wei Dance among others.
Her choreographic work extends to festivals and companies such as Ballet BC’s Babylon, Ballet Edmonton, Dancing on the Edge, Dance Deck Cinq, Dusk Dances, Expanse Festival, Fluid Festival, la petite scène, Modus Operandi, Small Stage, and her self-produced evening STRATEGY THREE.
She has created four dance on film projects, screened at various dance film festivals in Canada and Europe, as well as online streaming performances for Ballet Edmonton.
In 2018, she became Rehearsal Director at Ballet Edmonton for three seasons under the Artistic Direction of Wen Wei Wang.
During that time she choreographed three works for the company, and assisted choreographers Gioconda Barbuto, Josh Beamish, Serge Bennathan, Shay Kuebler Rachel Meyer and Wen Wei Wang.
Currently, Karissa continues to pursue choreographic endeavours for both film & live performance, and teaches ballet, contemporary, and conditioning techniques at various institutions across Western Canada.