Elisa-Marie Alaio is a native of Brooklyn, NY and a graduate from Point Park University's dance conservatory with a focus in modern/jazz dance. Elisa has performed and choreographed all over the city with FireWALL Dance Theater, Texture Contemporary Ballet, Red City Live Entertainment, and Continuum Dance Theater. She is also a former company member with Geometry, a contemporary dance company based in Los Angeles under the direction of Mackenzie Martin. Her greatest accomplishment is being the Artistic Director of local Pittsburgh dance company, FireWALL Dance Theater. She has cultivated and created 8 full length shows that have performed at their resident theater, Carnegie Stage, and NYC which has become a second home for the company. Ms. Alaio is a faculty member at Millennium Dance Complex Pittsburgh and Wexford Dance Academy. She teaches technique, modern, contemporary, jazz, heels, burlesque and conditioning. Ms. Alaio is the creator of a pre-professional program, FireWALL Junior, designed for young dancers eager to train in all styles and challenge themselves as young artists. Elisa is very passionate about teaching and creating art and is happy to share that desire in this beautiful city!