Lisa Gelley

Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical

Lisa is a versatile performer, teacher and choreographer in contemporary and urban dance. She received her training in her hometown of Vancouver, Canada and abroad in Belgium, France, Italy and Israel. Lisa has trained in R.A.D. ballet, modern, contemporary, tap, hip hop, jazz, circus arts, and aerial dance. She has taught at several studios in Vancouver as well as Ontario, and has taught master classes and adjudicated across Canada. Her competitive choreography has received several awards and accolades at festivals and competitions throughout the country. Lisa has taught at several professional training programs in Vancouver including Modus Operandi, Scholarship Dance Vancouver, Industry Training Program, The Source Dance Company, and ITP at Harbour Dance.

Lisa shares co-artistic directorship of Company 605 with Josh Martin, a contemporary dance company in Vancouver, creating original works through collaborative processes with artists in dance and other disciplines. The company tours regularly through Canada and Internationally, with recent performances in New York, Central America, and Europe. This season, Lisa and Josh will create a commissioned work for Ballet BC. Lisa has performed in works by choreographers including Dana Gingras, Justine Chambers, Amber Funk Barton, Vanessa Goodman, Martha Carter, and was a member of Aeriosa (Julia Taffe) for six years, broadening her practice to include vertical contemporary dance in rock climbing systems on urban building walls and mountains. Lisa is the recipient of the 2015 Vancouver International Dance Festival Choreographic Award.

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