Elise Pacicco is originally from Charlotte, NC and currently resides in New York City. She graduated magna cum laude from Wake Forest University with BA’s in both history and communication, as well as a minor in dance and as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She earned her MFA in dance performance and choreography from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she also served as a TA for the dance history department. Elise is currently in her second season as a member of the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, where she works nationally and internationally as a teaching and performance artist. Other performance credits include the Indah Walsh Dance Company, Halah Shah, and the Live Arts Collaborative. She has also performed in the works of renowned choreographers such as Bill T. Jones, Paul Taylor, Shannon Gillen, James Martin, Juel D. Lane, Helen Simoneau, and Stacey Tookey. In pursuing her ever continuing passion and curiosity about the movement of the human body, Elise is also certified in both yoga and pilates practices. She is a certified and licensed yoga teacher and Mind Body Dancer® teacher through the Perri Institute for Mind and Body. She currently teaches at Soma in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Elise received her pilates mat and apparatus certifications from The Lab in Dumbo, Brooklyn, under the instruction of Lawson Harris, where she currently works as a pilates instructor.



yoga, 2015

mind body dancer, 2015






BA, Wake Forest University

MFA, NYU Tisch School of the Arts



pilates mat and apparatus certifications, The Lab



new york


I was drawn to mind body practices while studying under TaraMarie at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She was the first yoga teacher who made my practice feel like an all-encompassing, connective experience rather than just a workout. Students left her class feeling truly affected by the time they spent on their mats. I was also introduced to the idea that our body and mind are one entity - they cannot be separated - and I found that yoga nourished the person as a whole. After studying with TaraMarie, I desperately wanted to learn more about yoga and was inspired to become a teacher myself.


what led you to study yoga and mind/body practices? what appealed to you?