Lisae Jordan is originally from upstate New York, where many small towns have ballet schools as a result of the Ford Foundation’s support for George Balanchine and his efforts to establishing regional professional ballet companies and training for American dancers. She studied and performed classical ballet since age 5, training at Ramsey School of Ballet and the School of the Hartford Ballet, and performing with Ballet North, WomenWerks (a company of actors and dancers), and other regional companies. Her roles include classical and contemporary works and, of course, all female roles in the Nutcracker (as well as several of the male variations). Since moving to Washington, DC, she danced with the Washington National Opera, Baltimore Opera, and as a guested with various local companies. Repertoire includes Samson et Deliah, Aida, Luisa Fernanda, Hamlet, MacBeth, La Traviata, Le Boheme, Maid of Orleans, and Lakmé. She is a proud member of the American Guild of Musical Artists and services on the area committee for the region. A teacher respected for her focus on responding to the needs of actors and dancers, Lisae teaches ballet, conditioning and body mechanics, and stretch. Her work incorporates aspects of dance, feldenkrais, gyro, pilates, and floor barre, but is grounded in the desire to provide performers with the strength and flexibility they need to be artists. She teaches at the Maryland Youth Ballet and the School of the Washington Ballet, and was part of the original faculty at the American Dance Institute founded by Pam and Michael Bjerknes.