Open to intermediate through pre-professional students ages 11+.
Wednesday, July 11
6:00 - 7:30
6:00 - 7:30
Lisa Kaczmarek Petrozzi
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Lisa trained intensively with Mimi Priest at Jordan College Academy of Dance. Throughout her training, she received full scholarships to Boston Ballet, School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Houston Ballet summer programs. She was a National Scholarship Student with American Ballet Theatre in 1996 and 1997 and received their first Coca-Cola Scholar Award in the summer of 1997. She danced with Ballet Internationale of Indianapolis while finishing her senior year of high school and upon graduation, joined Washington Ballet for two seasons, where she danced featured roles in Choo-San Goh's Momentum and Fives, as well as world premiere’s by choreographers Nils Christe and John Goding. In 1999, she joined Houston Ballet and a year later, was chosen to dance a featured role in Nacho Duato's Without Words. In December 2003, Ms. Kaczmarek made here debut as The Sugar Plum Fairy in Ben Stevenson's The Nutcracker. In Houston, she danced featured roles in Mr. Stevenson's Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty, Dracula, and Swan Lake as well as in Harold Lander’s Etudes. She also enjoyed performing numerous contemporary roles in Stanton Welch's Bruiser, Divergence, Tales of Texas, Blindness, and Nosotros, Trey McIntyre's Second Before the Ground, Natalie Weir’s Steppenwolf, William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, and featured roles in Paul Taylor’s Company B, George Balanchine’s Serenade and Theme and Variations, as well as world premiere’s by Matjash Mrozewski and Julia Adams. In 2007, Lisa joined Texas Ballet Theater, where she enjoyed dancing many principal roles in Mr. Stevenson’s ballets including, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Princess Aurora, Lilac Fairy and Carabosse in The Sleeping Beauty, as well as Calpurnia in his, Cleopatra. In 2011, Lisa retired from the stage as she stepped into her new role as mother, ballet teacher and GYROTONIC® Instructor. Lisa began her training in the GYROTONIC METHOD® in 2007, and she has enjoyed working with dozens professional and pre-professional dancers and seeing their dancing take on new levels of quality and strength throughout the past decade. She is passionate about teaching ballet and the GYROTONIC METHOD® as she uses her unique experiences as both an athlete and artist to challenge her students and clients to new levels of body awareness and confidence. After becoming increasingly interested in her dance students’ all around health and wellness, Lisa decided to deepen and expand her knowledge by enrolling in courses through Institution for Integrative Nutrition(IIN), the largest nutrition school world wide. With her certification as a Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, she is excited to combine her experience as a former professional ballet dancer, her knowledge of the benefits of organic movement and her holistic approach to overall dancer wellness, to share Sprouting Seed Wellness for Dancers.