BA, Dance, UW Stevens Point
In 2012, Lisa opened Flying Frog, LLC . Over the years she realized she wanted to expand her vision of helping people with movement. In order to do that, a new name was needed. In 2019, Lisa changed the business name to Enhanced Body Movement to better describe the type of work she wishes to offer her wide variety of clients.
Lisa has been dancing since the age of 6. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point with a Bachelors of Arts in Dance. While in college, Lisa spent 2 summers in New York taking classes with the Nicolas Lois Summer Intensive and Alvin Ailey School. During the academic year, Lisa taught children dance classes and became the Assistant Director of Turning Point Dance Academy in Stevens Point.
After graduation, Lisa danced professionally for Kanopy Dance, under Artistic Director Chris Stevens, in Madison, Wisconsin. After moving to Milwaukee, she began performing with Dancecircus, under Artistic Director, Betty Salamun.
Lisa has helped create children shows for the Symphony’s Artist and Children Education shows (A.C.E) that are performed for the Milwaukee County School system. Lisa has been dancing in the 2nd grade shows for Dancecircus since the mid 1990’s and in 2019, Lisa stepped into the role of director for these performances. Another community outreach programs she is grateful to be involved with is the Milwaukee Ballet Tour de Force. This program is a collaboration with Children’s hospital and physical therapist to offer ballet classes designed to help with stretching and strengthening.
In the mid 1990’s, Lisa moved to Chicago to continue learning and dancing. While living there, she performed for individual artists and taught advanced modern for Sherry Morray at Academy of Dance Arts pre professional students.
Because of her exposure to Pilates in college, Lisa chose to complete an 800 hour teacher training program while living in Chicago. She trained with Gary Calderone, Kathy Grant, Michelle Larsson, and Fran Ahrens. She has been fully certified since 1999.
In 2007, Lisa’s love of movement led her to GYROTONIC® and in 2013, she completed her level 1 training to become a certified trainer. In November of 2019, she will complete her certification for the GYROKINESIS (R) method which is a group form of exercise on stools and the floor. Lisa has also enjoyed taking Level 2 GYROTONIC training and has hopes to complete that training next year. In the mean time, taking Golf Applications levels 1 and 2, with David and Jeanie Rasmussen, has been keeping her busy in the pre golf and golf season.
In May of 2017, Lisa completed a 10 month training for Muscle Activation Techniques(R) (MAT) and is now a certified MAT (R)Specialist. Adding this skill, allows Lisa to test range of motion in her clients and students, find a limitation, and strengthen the muscles not functioning to their best ability.
Because of her love of dance and working with dancers, Lisa is now able to teach the Progressing Ballet Technique, (PBT). She feels taking this course gave her more ways to reach her dance students and help them activate muscles that are needed for there intense ballet training.
Lisa is thrilled to be sharing these skills with students at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Dance department where she teaches Pilates, the Milwaukee Ballet School, Danceworks Inc, where she teaches a variety of styles and ages dance, and at her own studio, Enhanced Body Movement, in Thiensville, WI.
In 2020, Lisa expanded her location to include SPORT Clinic Physical Therapy, in Cedarburg. Lisa is enjoying working with clients on a Cadillac Reformer unit to help people take the next step to recovery.