Lisa D. Long is a dancer, teaching artist, choreographer, and licensed massage therapist. For fourteen years she danced professionally for Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Riedel Dance Theater and was a principal dancer with Dance Kaleidoscope, under the artistic direction of David Hochoy, former rehearsal director of the Martha Graham Dance Company, for eight years. She has created roles in works by Donald Byrd, Kevin Iega Jeff, George Faison, Chuck Davis, and Jin Xing and has performed works by Talley Beatty, Rob Esposito, Andre George, Donald McKayle, Ricardo Melendez, Milton Meyers, Cleo Parker Robinson, and Dereque Whitters.
Lisa’s concert choreography and installations have been produced at: DUMBO Dance Festival, Inaside Dance Chicago, Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Green Show, and Daedalus Project, Alabama Dance Festival’s New Works Concert and at Electric Lodge and at Miles Memorial Playhouse in Los Angeles. In 2012 her choreography for Chevrolet won fourth place in MOFILM's Las Vegas international commercial competition and her film Residual Unseen recently won third place at the Front and Main Festival.
Her choreography for theater includes: Two Sisters and A Piano for Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Curtains for WKU, Compleat Female Stage Beauty and Milk Milk Lemonade for Rogue Machine Theater in Los Angeles. Clara’s Christmas Dream debuted her choreography Off-Broadway for StageRight Productions and was favorable reviewed by the New York Times. Backstage described her work as “imaginative and inspired.”
She holds an MFA in choreography from CalArts, a BFA in ballet from Texas Christian University, an AA in occupational therapy form Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences, and is a certified GYROKINESIS instructor. She has taught at CalArts, UCLA, Butler University, International University, and Western Kentucky University. At California State University Fullerton, Lisa teaches modern technique, anatomy/kinesiology for dancers, composition, and creative dance for children. Specializing in Graham-based technique, her class highlights the principles of classical modern in conjunction with contemporary sensibility, anatomical awareness, and fluid momentum. Lisa works from a belief that as physical and energetic creatures we reach our ultimate potential when these systems flow seamlessly together.