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Lisa studied at the Australian Ballet School, graduating in 1985. She was then selected to join The Australian Ballet’s corps de ballet in 1986. Lisa was promoted rapidly through the Company’s ranks to Principal Artist in 1993. In 1998 Lisa was awarded the Mo Award for Best Female Dancer after her performances as Juliet in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ partnered by Steven Heathcote.
As a Guest Artist, Lisa enjoyed rare opportunities to perform including in Nureyev’s final tour of Sydney, Australia (1991); with the National Ballet of Canada in ‘Swan Lake’ and ‘The Merry Widow’ (1994); with The Mariinsky Ballet, St Petersburg as Giselle and as Kitri in ‘Don Quixote’ (1997); and with The Royal Danish Ballet as Odette/Odile in Peter Martin’s world premiere season of ‘Swan Lake’ (1998).
In 2002 Lisa left The Australian Ballet to become a mother, returning as Resident Principal Guest Artist in 2005. On her return to the company Lisa enjoyed three wonderful years recapturing many of the most beautiful classical roles. Highlights included performing the Sylph in ‘La Sylphide,’ Aurora in ‘The Sleeping Beauty’, ‘Giselle’, the girl in ‘La Spectre de la Rose’ and Raymonda in the world premiere season of ‘Raymonda’, choreographed by Stephen Baynes. In 2007 – after final performances as the Sugarplum Fairy in Sir Peter Wright’s ‘The Nutcracker’ – Lisa retired as a dancer with The Australian Ballet.
Embracing arts administration, Lisa worked as Patron Manager (TAS/VIC) for The Australian Ballet from 2011to 2016.
Always keen to share her experience in dance, Lisa continues to enjoy coaching and teaching as well as recent opportunities performing as a guest with The Australian Ballet in theatrical roles including in Swan Lake, Giselle and in David McAllister’s recent production of The Sleeping Beauty.