2009.10 Chicago Luvabulls

Meet Luvabull Carissa

Luvabulls: Carissa


25 / April 3


Quincy, IL


Special Education Teacher


Illinois State University


Rissa, Kissy, Kish-Ish

Ethnic Background

German and English

Dance Experience

I have been dancing for over 19 years. I started studio dancing at age 5, with a concentration in jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, lyrical, and modern. In high school, I was a member of the Quincy Notre Dame Pom Squad for 2 years and a member of the Quincy High School Pom Squad for an additional 2 years, including captain my senior year.

In college, I was a member of the Illinois State University Dance Team, and was a captain my junior and senior year. I also danced for the Peoria Pirates Dance Team, a semi-professional arena football team. This is my fourth year as a Chicago Luvabull.

Lifetime Goal

To positively impact individuals throughout my life.

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Three words that describe me are

Positive, focused, and compassionate

Quote to live by

ďOur attitude toward life determines lifeís attitude towards us.Ē - Earl Nightingale

Pet Peeve

Bad drivers

My claim to fame is...

Dancing on stage with Vanilla Ice.

Most people donít know this about me...

I get road rage.

Years on squad

This is my 4th year on the team.

Why I chose to be a Luvabull

It has been my dream to dance professionally with the Chicago Luvabulls since I attended my very first Bulls game at age 10. I love to perform and what an awesome way to continue dancing! The memories I have will last a lifetime and I couldnít be more thankful for it.

Favorite Holiday



Favorite Movie

The Notebook

Best Quality

My work ethic

Book Iím reading now

My textbook for class! However, when I do have time, I enjoy reading novels by Nicholas Sparks.

Favorite type of music

Hip-hop and R&B

How do friends see you (three words)

Energetic, hard-working, and considerate

My proudest accomplishment to date is...

Balancing a full-time job, Luvabulls, and school

What is the best gift you have ever received?

The gift of a large family because I have so many people that love and support me.

Ideal Job

Teaching dance to children with special needs

Advice to young dancers

Stretch everyday, practice like itís the performance, and never stop pushing yourself.

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