LisaMarie Woody is a seasoned performer and educator, specializing in children’s and adult dance techniques: acro, tap, jazz, ballet, modern, contemporary, lyrical hip hop, musical theater, and salsa, to name a few. LisaMarie began dancing as a child in the San Francisco Bay Area, with Studio S Broadway, under the direction of Shari McLeod. As a youth, LM was privileged to be a member (and later Assistant Director and Choreographer) of the nationally acclaimed Dance Connection of Palo Alto’s performing company. Through DCPA, she competed often and claimed many regional and national titles, as well as received numerous recognitions for her choreography.
At fourteen years old, LisaMarie auditioned for the Foothill Repertory Company under the award-winning direction of, Bubba Gong, where she earned her spot as the youngest member in the history of the company. In the following years, she would continue her dance studies with many renowned institutions and instructors including: The San Francisco School of Ballet, The Julliard School, Sand Francisco State University, The edge School of Performing Arts, Debbie Allen, Joan Walton, Savion Glover, Mia Michaels, Joe Tremaine and Jackie Sleight. Having the opportunity to be featured in music videos, live performances, television and film, LisaMarie’s professional career now spans three decades. Even through a total hip replacement, her motivation and dedication to dance arts continues to expand exponentially. Her journey back to dance, post-op, gave her a new perspective on the perseverance and dedication dance had taught her and how those powerful skills aided in her healing. Enlightened, LM now shares her experience of “Positive Passion.” She teaches how the skills learned through dance may be applied to one’s life outside the studio, especially during times of struggle and self doubt.
In addition to her love of dance, LisaMarie studied Early Childhood Education and Development in school, driving her to create dance and creative arts programs for children age three and under. After launching her Parent & Me programs for the city of San Francisco’s Parks and Recreation department, she has continued to expand her programs for the very young and is excited for the opportunity to work with a new generation of young dancers and their families nationwide.