Lisa Thorn Vinzant
Associate Artistic Director
As Associate Artistic Director at Orlando Ballet, Lisa Thorn Vinzant brings extensive professional experience as a former principal dancer, choreographer, and educator, contributing to the success of the professional dance company. As the former Ballet Master, a role she held since joining Orlando Ballet in 2015, she is actively involved in the dance company’s artistic development.
Much of her 20-year dance career was as a member of the Kansas City Ballet, where she performed numerous principal roles by some of the world’s greatest choreographers including Alvin Ailey, George Balanchine, Todd Bolender, August Bournonville, Merce Cunningham, Agnes DeMille, Nacho Duato, and Twyla Tharp. She also served as Kansas City Ballet’s Associate Ballet Mistress and ultimately Ballet Mistress in Residence.
Other career highlights Lisa has enjoyed, include performing professionally with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Albany/Berkshire Ballet, Owen/Cox Dance Group, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Starlight Theatre of Kansas City, and Wylliams Henry Contemporary Dance.
In addition to dancing professionally, Lisa has also choreographed for numerous organizations including the Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Actors Theatre of Kansas City, and the Kansas City Youth Ballet. Lisa’s skill and success in choreography led to her being named 2005’s Emerging Choreographer at the Craft of Choreography Conference.
Lisa holds the prestigious ABT Certified Teacher credential, has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in Dance, and she graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Missouri where she also served as an Adjunct Professor at the Conservatory of Music and Dance. She also served as a guest instructor for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Lisa is originally from Dryden, New York. She began her training with the Ithaca Ballet in Ithaca, NY, and received the majority of her training at the North Carolina School of the Arts. She also trained at the Pittsburgh Ballet School and the School of American Ballet.