Marisa Hamamoto (Founder & Artistic Director)
Marisa believes we all have a dancer inside of us and we all can make a difference in the world. Professional Ballroom & Salsa Dancer, Speaker, and the Brain behind Infinite Flow. After 20 years of dancing ballet and contemporary dance in both the US and Japan, Marisa discovered & fell in love with ballroom dancing while recovering from Spinal Cord Infarction, a severe neurological disease which laid her temporarily paralyzed from the neck down. She feels blessed to be back on the dance floor again, and is now dancing and teaching professionally full-time. Marisa founded Infinite Flow in 2015 with a vision to build a world class inclusive dance company that lead a global social movement for inclusion through dance. It is her life mission to help find the dancer inside of each person and empower people through dance. Marisa has been featured in various commercials, infomercials, and tv shows, and has performed at hundreds of shows, events, and private parties. Marisa earned both her BA and MA on merit scholarships from Keio University, the “Harvard” of Japan. While in college, Marisa linked her dancing with her academic studies, and researched and published papers in the fields of Dance Science and Dance Education and served on leadership for the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science for 3 years. She was named "Newcomer of the Year" From the San Fernando Valley Business Journal Women in Business Awards in 2015 and was named 1 of 6 "Inspirational Women of the San Fernando Valley" by the United Chambers of Commerce in 2017. Marisa has volunteered 30+ hours weekly since January 2015 to get Infinite Flow off the ground, from a blank slate to a promising social enterprise featured by 70+ media outlets and recognized by global brands such as Red Bull, Facebook, Apple Inc, and Ovation TV. She is a leader and artist on the rise and has many great plans for the future of Infinite Flow. "If the world danced, there would be no war." See Founders Story for more.