Lisa grew up taking lessons in tap, jazz, theatrical, and ballet. In Lisa’s senior year of high school, she was invited to dance with Wren Cook and Friends Dance, where she was introduced and trained in the genres of Modern and Contemporary. Dancing with this company also allowed her the opportunity to travel to local schools and teach in after school dance programs. Deferring college to dance professionally was an easy decision and dancing all day every day grew her dance knowledge exponentially. Lisa then went on to spend several seasons with Carolina Gymnastics teaching ballet technique for their competition team and later on to opening her own small homeschool dance company called “Happy Soles”. In 1997, she took a step back to have a beautiful baby girl and in 2003, came back to dance by joining the staff of Bailey Fine Arts.
Lisa also works for Columbia Children’s Theatre where she is heading into her 3rd season as the Youth Theatre and Main Stage choreographer. Lisa is constantly learning and studying to bring her students fresh ideas and challenges and has successfully convinced her husband that regular NYC trips for classes and season tickets to traveling Broadway shows are the best way to do that! She feels incredibly blessed to get to spend every day teaching and getting to know and invest in so many fabulous children of all ages. Relationships are her absolute favorite part of her job!
“The only dancer you should compare yourself to is the one you used to be.”