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Originally from Ottawa, Canada, Lisa Harvie has been working in the New York City dance community for over 12 years. As an accomplished performer, teacher, and choreographer, her training encompasses a variety of dance disciplines. She holds her Advanced certificate in ballet through the Royal Academy of Dance and is fully qualified with the British Association (BATD) in jazz, tap and highland. She is a member of Actors Equity and a graduate of the University of Toronto. She studied at the Cumbrae Dance Center in Ottawa, Canada and received additional training from Randolph Dance Theater, Metro Movement, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Steps on Broadway.
As a dancer, credits include West Side Story (U.S. National Tour), My Fair Lady (Regional Tour - Theater of the Stars), Carousel (Stages St. Louis), Singin' in the Rain (Houston TUTS), My Fair Lady (Houston TUTS), West Side Story (Gateway Playhouse), Oklahoma (Gateway Playhouse), Footloose (Gateway Playhouse), & Scrooge (New York Stage Originals). Lisa appeared in the 20th Anniversary Concert Performance of Rags at the Nokia Theater in NY and performed in the workshop production of The Great White Way, directed and choreographed by David Marquez. In addition to her work in musical theater, she has also danced with the Ottawa Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens at Canada's National Arts Center.
Ms. Harvie has been on faculty at Steps on Broadway for over 10 years. She has taught at NYU's Strasberg Institute, the Connecticut Dance Conservatory, and The School at Columbia (NYC) and has been a guest teacher throughout the tri-state area as well as in Canada. She has given master classes for Verb Ballets (Cleveland), Destination Broadway (NYC), The Elan Awards (NYC), the B.A.T.D. Annual Conventions (ON, Canada), to name a few.
Lisa was the Associate Choreographer for Kiss Me Kate and Oklahoma at the Gateway Playhouse. She also choreographed "Funny As a Crutch" for the Foolish Theater Company in New York. She has showcased numerous original pieces at Steps and has worked with school theater programs in setting full-length musical productions.
Lisa teaches high energy classes with a strong focus on musicality and performance. The warm up, with ballet at its core, is centered on a firm foundation of dance technique and emphasizes placement and strengthening of the body. Across the floor work gives dancers the opportunity to layer that technique with movement, before incorporating it into diverse and stylistic choreography. It is an athletic class, and is highly recommended for jazz, ballet and musical theater dancers.