Lisa is a choreographer, dancer, educator and licensed massage therapist. For thirteen
years she danced professionally for Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Riedel Dance Theater and
was a principal dancer with Dance Kaleidoscope, under the artistic direction of David Hochoy,
former rehearsal director of the Martha Graham Dance Company, for eight years. She has
created roles in works by Donald Byrd, Kevin Iega Jeff, George Faison, Chuck Davis, and Jin
Xing and has performed works by Talley Beatty, Rob Esposito, Andre George, Donald McKayle,
Ricardo Melendez, Milton Meyers, Cleo Parker Robinson, and Dereque Whitters.
Lisa’s concert choreography and installations have been produced at: DUMBO Dance Festival,
Inaside Dance Chicago Choreographer’s Showcase, Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Green
Show, and Daedalus Project, Alabama Dance Festival’s adjudicated New Works Concert and at
Electric Lodge and at Miles Memorial Playhouse in Los Angeles. In 2012 her choreography for
Chevrolet won fourth place in MOFILM's Las Vegas commercial competition.
Her choreography for theater includes: Two Sisters and A Piano for Oregon Shakespeare
Festival, Curtains for WKU, Compleat Female Stage Beauty and Milk Milk Lemonade for Rogue
Machine Theater in Los Angeles. Clara’s Christmas Dream debuted her choreography Off-
Broadway for StageRight Productions and was favorable reviewed by the New York Times.
Backstage described her work as “imaginative and inspired.”
She holds an MFA in choreography from CalArts, a BFA in ballet from Texas Christian
University, an AA in occupational therapy form Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences,
and is a certified GYROKINESIS instructor. She has taught at CalArts, UCLA, Butler University
and Western Kentucky University. At California State University Fullerton, Lisa teaches modern
technique, anatomy/kinesiology for dancers, choreography, and creative dance for children.
Specializing in Graham-based technique, her class highlights the principles of classical modern
in conjunction with contemporary sensibility, anatomical awareness, and fluid momentum. Lisa
works from a belief that as physical and energetic creatures we reach our ultimate potential
when these systems flow seamlessly together.