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2010-11 Luvabulls: Meet Carissa


Quincy, IL


Illinois State University

What does being a member of the Luvabulls mean to you?

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 couldn’t be more thankful for it.

How has your dancing experience led you to this point?

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 fifth year as a Chicago Luvabull.

What is your claim to fame—besides being a Luvabull?

Dancing in a music video and also dancing on stage with Vanilla Ice.

What people do you admire the most and how have they supported or inspired you as a dancer?

My parents, two sisters, and two brothers have watched me perform and grow as a dancer over the last 21 years. I wouldn’t be where I am today without all of the love and support they have given to me. I also admire all of my dance teachers and coaches, as they have pushed me to be the best dancer that I can be.

What is your proudest accomplishment to date and where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I am proud that I am currently able to balance a full-time job, Luvabulls, and take graduate level classes. In 10 years, I hope to be married with 2 children. I see myself attending Bulls games each season, cheering for the Bulls, and of course cheering for the Luvabulls!