Lisa Deyo


Lisa Deyo, choreographer and teacher of ballet, jazz, modern and musical theater, was the 2006 winner of an ART INSPIRES! Individual Artist’s Grant for choreography.  In 1999, her ballet,  Out Of Water, was chosen one of six finalists in the International Competition of Classical Choreography as part of the Nouveau Festival International de Danse de Paris. Oakland Ballet performed the piece in Paris for the finals. She  is the product of a diverse background as a dancer and performer.

Originally from San Luis Obispo, CA, she went on to New York City to Dennis Wayne’s Dancers contemporary ballet company, back to California for Jean Ann Ryan’s GOTTA DANCE at Great America Amusement Park, Los Angeles Chamber Ballet, while also performing in Disney industrials, commercial videos, and dancing as a showgirl in Spellbound—a Magic Extravaganza, then on to Chicago to join Hubbard Street Dance Chicago for 3 years, returning to San Luis Obispo to form Deyo Dances in 2002. In 2006-2007, for ten months Lisa was dancing and teaching ballet, jazz and modern at the Ramon Solé Studio in Barcelona, Spain. She is one of the founding directors of Jumpbrush: Pacific Coast Dance Convergence.  On hiatus from teaching at both Cal Poly University and Allan Hancock College in California, currently Lisa subs the professional ballet classes at Gibney Dance Center in New York City for Christine Wright.

Exposure to a broad range of choreographic styles have left their mark on Lisa

Deyo’s current work in Deyo Dances, a company that grew out of an invitation to teach

and perform in Russia in 2002. Deyo Dances exists in varying forms and adapts to the

needs of the work whether it be the stages of Russia, compact art gallery, or the aisles of

a Vons grocery store. The company is not bound by one style of dance, but pulls from

Lisa Deyo’s diverse resources to tell a story and reflect the human condition.  Deyo Dances is preparing for their New York City debut performances May 6th & 7th at the Majorie S. Deane Little Theater.

We were so  lucky to have Ms. Deyo choreograph a piece,  “Vail Birds” for our Division 7B students for the 2017 Dance Recital “Paradise”.

Ms. Deyo has been a guest teacher during the regular school-year as well as during our summer programs.