Our Teachers

Lisa Cuizon
Founder, Director
Lisa is an alumnus of Rozann-Zimmerman Ballet Center and received her first scholarship to the School of American Ballet at age 15. She continued her training under Melissa Hayden, former prima ballerina of New York City Ballet. At Pennsylvania Ballet, she trained in the apprentice program under Lupe Serrano, ballerina with American Ballet Theatre. She danced professionally for 10 years with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Arizona Ballet, Puerto Rican Dance Theatre of New York City, Cleveland Ballet and Los Angeles Chamber Ballet. A student in the Balanchine tradition, she believes it is the preferred style of the 21st Century. It is the technique taught at Cuizon Ballet Centre.
Lisa has been teaching for 36 years and opened her own studio in 2001. It was her dream to offer training at a professional level since she had seen her own dream of being a dancer come true. She wanted to make that a reality for other students who’s dream it was to pursue a career as a dancer. She chooses her staff carefully, making sure that each teacher has had a career of their own and therefore, knows what it truly takes to choose the life of a dancer.

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Amanda K. Miller

Contemporary Ballet

Amanda was born and raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Receiving the first Terry Sanford Scholarship she attended the North Carolina School of the Arts/UNCSA. In NYC she studied at Melissa Hayden’s studio on scholarship and other ballet and modern studios. Her professional career began with the Chicago Lyric Opera Ballet, the Deutschen Oper Berlin and collaborated with independent art events in NYC and Berlin. In 1984 William Forsythe invited her to Ballett Frankfurt. In 1986 she became resident choreographer for Frankfurt Ballet and began free-lancing with renowned ballet and contemporary dance companies.

In 1992 Amanda Miller founded Pretty Ugly Dance Company. PUDC was a unique inter-disciplinary performing ensemble. 1996-2004 PUDC collaborated with the city and civic opera house of Freiburg, Germany creating PrettyUgly/BallettFreiburg. In 2000 Yummy Dance in Matsuyama, Japan, a sister city of Freiburg was formed. 2005-2009 pretty ugly/ tanz köln was founded. PUTK launched the aid organisation Art for Tibet, which supported Tibetan exiles in India.

Amanda Miller has won numerous awards. In 1993, Wexner Center Prize and created the production “Night by Itself”. In 1994, the Rencontres Choreographies International de Bagnolet prize. PUDC performed at the 1997 Whitney Biennial and 2002 Venice Biennial. The contemporary ballet ‘Four for Nothing’ received the The Golden Swan Dutch accolade for choreography. The “Kunst der Fugue” was a 10-year video installation for the opening of the Johannes Bach Museum in Eisenach, Germany.

2009, she returned to North Carolina. As instructor, choreographer, performer or visiting professor she has been on the faculty for ADF, Dominican University, Duke, Palucca Hochshule, Germany, Hollins University, UNC, USC, UNCG, MTSU, Samford University, Spelman College, Mills College. In 2012 was nominated for the NC Fellowship Award. Choreographed new works for Alonzo King’s Lines BFA program and Lines Training Program. Choreographed for the Netherlands Dance Theatre, Ballett am Rhein /Dusseldorf and the Core Performance Company, Atlanta GA and Houston, Texas.

In May 2012, she re-located to Birmingham, Alabama. Within the Birmingham community she has guided classes at CDF, ARTPLAY/ASC, YMCA, Arova Contemporary Ballet and Alabama Dance Festival. Volunteering with therapist and various Birmingham out-reach art programs providing movement workshops.
She continues to create, instruct, perform, choreograph, collaborate, give inter-disciplinarian improvisational workshops and expressive art projects that support dis-advantaged children and young adults.
In 2017, she completed and received her MFA in performance arts and dance at Hollins University. She now resides in the Los Angeles area.

We are happy to have Amanda teaching our students.  Her wealth of knowledge, experience, and in-depth teaching style are a vital part of the training we offer at Cuizon Ballet Centre.