Lisa Thorn Vinzant
Lisa Thorn Vinzant currently serves as Ballet Master for Orlando Ballet, a position she has held since moving to Orlando, Florida in 2015. Her dancing career spanned for over 20 years, much of which she danced for the Kansas City Ballet, performing a wide variety of principal roles by choreographers such as Alvin Ailey, George Balanchine, Todd Bolender, August Bournonville, Merce Cunningham, Agnes DeMille, Nacho Duato, Marius Petipa, Antony Tudor, Twyla Tharp and many more.
In 2004 Lisa was invited to serve as Associate Ballet Mistress for the Kansas City Ballet under the direction of William Whitener. Lisa was later invited to be Ballet Mistress in Residence for Kansas City Ballet.
Lisa has also performed professionally with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Albany/Berkshire Ballet, Owen/Cox Dance Group, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Starlight Theatre of Kansas City and Wylliams Henry Contemporary Dance.
Lisa has choreographed for a variety of organizations including the Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Actors Theatre of Kansas City, and the Kansas City Youth Ballet. In 2005 she was chosen to attend the Craft of Choreography Conference and was identified as an Emerging Choreographer of 2005.
Lisa has a BFA 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.
Lisa is originally from Dryden, New York. She began her training with the Ithaca Ballet in Ithaca, NY. She 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.