associate Director - Dancer
Lisa Fitzgerald is a ballet dancer and teacher originally from Massachusetts. Ms. Fitzgerald graduated from the professional ballet training program at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, and afterwards danced with Connecticut Ballet, Ballet Theatre Company, Sarah Burges Dance, Ballet Ambassadors, and Ballet des Amériques. Ms. Fitzgerald’s roles include The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Kitri in Don Quixote, Gamzatti in La Bayadere, and has had various classical and contemporary roles created for her.
In 2007 Ms. Fitzgerald co-founded Exit12 Dance Company as a way to merge dance and social responsibility. As Associate Artistic Director Ms. Fitzgerald has performed and taught throughout the United States at institutions including West Point Military Academy, Stanford University, and Lincoln Center.
As a classical ballet teacher Ms. Fitzgerald has taught at Mark Morris Dance Group, Ballet Theatre Company, and Regal Ballet in London, among others. Ms. Fitzgerald excels with ages 2-adult, and has taught the Vaganova, Royal Academy of Dance, and the Cecchetti syllabi in the US and UK. Along with teaching, Ms. Fitzgerald has choreographed and staged both original and classical ballets for children’s programs and pre-professional schools. She has prepared students for classical ballet competitions and worked as a teaching artist, making dance accessible to children who might not otherwise have the opportunity.
Ms. Fitzgerald graduated summa cum laude from St. Mary’s College of California with a BA in Performing Arts where she had the opportunity to study Art History and French in Paris, France and African Dance and Drumming in Kopeyia, Ghana. Ms. Fitzgerald holds a certificate for the first three years of professional ballet education from the Bolshoi Ballet Teacher Certification Program.