Lisa Thorn Vinzant
Lisa is originally from Dryden, New York, and received the majority of her training at North Carolina School of the Arts, as well as the School of American Ballet. Her dancing career spanned for over 20 years, much of which she danced for the Kansas City Ballet performing a wide variety of principal and soloist roles by choreographers such as Alvin Ailey, George Balanchine, Todd Bolender, Merce Cunningham, Agnes DeMille, Nacho Duato, Marius Petipa, Anna Sokolov, Antony Tudor, Twyla Tharp and many more.
In 2004, Lisa became the Associate Ballet Mistress for the Kansas City Ballet under the direction of William Whitener. When Devon Carney became director of the Kansas City Ballet in 2013, Lisa was invited to be Ballet Mistress in Residence for Kansas City Ballet.
Lisa has also performed professionally with the Albany/Berkshire Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Owen/Cox Dance Group, Quixotic Dance Fusion, Starlight Theatre of Kansas City and Wylliams Henry Contemporary Dance Company. Lisa has choreographed for the Kansas City Ballet, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Actors Theatre of Kansas City and the Kansas City Youth Ballet. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Missouri and served as an Adjunct Professor at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri, Kansas City from 2007-2015. In 2015 Lisa became Ballet Master for the Orlando Ballet.