Elisa-Marie Alaio is a native of Brooklyn, NY and a graduate from Point Park University where she studied Jazz/Modern Dance. Throughout her experience at Point Park, she had the opportunity to train and perform under the guidance of many prestigious choreographers from all over the country. Immediately after college Elisa began performing all over the city with Red City Live Entertainment’s, Express Burlesque. She was a featured dancer in two full length burlesque productions and eventually became head choreographer. Elisa Alaio is proudly the Artistic Director of FireWALL Dance Theater, a theatrical, contemporary dance company based in Pittsburgh, PA. She has created six full length shows and has had the opportunity to recently premiere her work in NYC. Elisa is a company member of Geometry Dance Company based in Los Angeles, CA under the guidance of Artistic Director Mackenzie Crosley. Ms. Alaio has also began her very own FireWALL junior program offering training to aspiring, young artists. Alaio is thrilled to be back in Pittsburgh teaching and sharing her infinite love for art/dance/music with students from all over!