~Ms. Koide performing at Miss California in 2004.~
Maurissa Koide was born and raised in San Jose, CA where she developed her love for dance at an early age. She was off to a great start having won the State Championship for her Tap solo at age of 6 and then crowned ‘Petite Miss Dance of California’ for Dance Masters of America in 6th grade. This title was followed by ‘Teen Miss Dance of California 1993’ and ‘Miss Dance of California 1996’. In 1993, Ms. Koide also landed the title, ‘I Love Dance Sweetheart’ and maintained it until 1995 during which she earned many overall high scoring soloist awards.
Besides being part of her high school song girl team for 3 years, Ms. Koide was eventually chosen to the United Spirit Association’s All Star Song Girl Team where she traveled with them to dance in Paris, France. More substantively, Ms. Koide was accepted to study at San Francisco Ballet’s and Joffrey Ballet’s summer intensive programs! Ms. Koide’s passion grew in ballet and she received training from noteworthies like: Michael Smuin (former San Francisco Ballet Artistic Director), Violette Verdy (NYC Ballet principal & Paris Opera Ballet Artistic Director), Suki Schorer (NYC Ballet principal), and Daniel R. Simmons (San Francisco Ballet Soloist) just to name a few.
Ms. Koide also excelled academically and was named the school’s Student of the Year in 8th grade, was chosen for the National Honor Roll Society in High School and was voted Senior Class President. Then, she was chosen by the San Jose Police Department to launch the city’s Youth Crime Stoppers Program. For her achievements, Ms. Koide was presented with a ‘Resolution’ from then San Jose Mayor, Susan Hammer, as well as being named ‘Santa Clara County’s Young Woman of the Year’ in 1996.
Ms. Koide is most proud of being accepted to the Ivy League, Columbia University in New York City. While studying pre-med and sociology there, she continued her dance career with a scholarship to ‘Steps on Broadway’. She also danced with Columbia’s dance team, the Lionettes, which ranked 4th at the National Dance Association’s National Collegiate Championship. In addition, Ms. Koide has adorned the cover of In Motion Magazine and was chosen for a layout in Dance Spirit Magazine. Some of Ms. Koide’s live performances worth mentioning are: Sarafina in Anthony Tudor’s Fandango as restaged by Airi Hynninen, original cast in Fabrice Herrault’s Simple Symphony, and original cast in Blu Hancock’s Water Studies.
After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree, Ms. Koide returned to the Bay Area where she began teaching middle school in 2001. Ms. Koide earned her Masters in Public Health soon after from SFSU. Ms. Koide also received the titles of Miss San Jose 2003 & Miss Santa Clara 2004, for the Miss America Scholarship Organization that paid for her graduate education.
Ms. Koide continues her love of dance and has been teaching for the past decade. Her dancers have gone on to dance in the NBA & NFL and have studied at UCLA, Santa Clara University, LMU, USC, Columbia University,and NYU’s Tisch School of Arts. Miss Koide’s motto: ‘Dance On!’