uprep dance department

Dance Department Staff


Marissa Kinneavy- Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Aerobic Conditioning

Marissa grew up in Redding, graduating from Shasta High School in 1995. She then attended the University of California at Irvine, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Sociology. Marissa moved back to Redding and immediately began teaching dance at Redding Dance Centre and choreographing for Kids Unlimited, Shasta College, and a traveling competitive dance team. During this time, she earned a teaching credential from Simpson University. Marissa went on to teach fourth grade for 5 years at Verde Vale Elementary School in Anderson. Marissa was a part of The Dance Project for 5 years where she was a dancer, dance captain, and choreographer for the company.

Marissa is very excited to start her 7th year teaching dance at U-Prep. She enjoys choreographing U-Prep's musicals and the 2 dance shows the department puts on each year. Marissa stays current with her teaching by attending numerous workshops and conventions throughout the year. This past year, Marissa started a small competitive dance team that took part in two out of town competitions.  At these competitions, the small group of 8 girls was awarded Gold, Platinum, and Double Platinum awards, along with a Judge’s Choice Award.   This year Marissa hopes to expand the dance team to allow for more kids to experience such a great opportunity. 

Marissa spends her free time with her husband Kip, and two boys, Cayden and Colton.  They enjoy riding horses together, traveling, and are big 49er fans.

Currently, there are over 115 students enrolled in the dance department at U-Prep.  This year, Marissa will be teaching 7 classes of dance ranging from Dance I – Dance VI.






Melissa Doherty - Modern, Yoga

Melissa Doherty  graduated from the University of Oregon in 2012 with a degree in Dance and Community Arts. During her time there she participated in the dance department’s outreach program by touring around Oregon to teach dance. She also founded Arts Collaboration, a student program on campus, and was Vice President of the ASUO student organization, Dance Oregon. In the past couple years she has worked for Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, a well known site specific dance company, and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center in Berkeley,CA as their Administrative Intern. Other choreographers she has danced with have been Kathleen Hermesdorf, Heidi Duckler, Joe Goode, and more. Before college she studied in the Bay Area learning ballet, tap, jazz, modern, musical theater, contemporary/lyrical, and much more. She moved to Redding after college and now teaches at University Preparatory School and Dreamweaver Dance Theatre as their Modern Dance Teacher.