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 over 30 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.
Romy Karz was born in Northridge, California and began her dance training at Rozann-Zimmerman Ballet Center in Chatsworth, California. She became a student on full scholarship at the School of American Ballet at the age of 15. In the summer of 1986, Romy was chosen by Peter Martins to participate in an exchange program with Royal Danish Ballet. She became an apprentice to the New York City Ballet in November of 1986 and a full member of the company in March of 1987, where she danced until July of 1995.
Romy has toured extensively with the New York City Ballet in the United States as well as Europe and Japan. She appeared in the “Dance in America” broadcast of Balanchine’s Serenade and Western Symphony, “An Evening with Balanchine” and the movie “The Nutcracker.”
Romy has over 28 years teaching experience throughout New York and California.
Romy’s warmth and creative ballet combinations are greatly enjoyed by our students. We are pleased to have her as an integral part of Cuizon Ballet Centre.
Zippora is a former soloist ballerina with the New York City Ballet where she performed for 16 years on stage and in televised performances. She was featured in a variety of roles choreographed by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins as well as works choreographed for her by such choreographers as Peter Martins and Lynne Taylor Corbett. Miss Karz danced with the New York City Ballet from 1983 through 1999. She now serves as a teacher and repetiteur for the George Balanchine Trust, rehearsing and staging Balanchine’s choreography for a host of national and international dance companies. She is also a diabetes spokesperson and educator who regularly addresses major diabetes conferences and organizations worldwide.
Zippora’s memoir “The Sugarless Plum,” published by Harlequin, has inspired people all over the world to live happy and healthy lives. “The Sugarless Plum” is now translated in Slovenian.
Zippora also authored a children’s book, “Ballerina Dreams.” The story teaches children, with and without Diabetes, that they should not give up on their dreams no matter what challenges they face.
She is currently guest faculty at the Colburn Dance Academy in Los, Angeles, Cal., as well as, an artist in residence at the University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.
Zippora hopes to continue to inspire people to live healthy active lives through her work as an author, teacher, and motivational speaker. We are pleased to have Zippora teaching our students at Cuizon Ballet Centre.
Hai was born in Beer-Sheva Israel and trained at Bat Dor dance school where he was awarded the American-Israel Cultural Scholarship. Hai completed his training as an apprentice with Bat-Sheva Dance Company.
For five years Hai toured internationally as a soloist with Aylot Anegov Israeli Folk Dance Company. He was a member of Kamea Contemporary Dance Company and joined Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, under the direction of Rami Be-er in 2007. Hai has toured internationally with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company and currently teaches Kibbutz repertory throughout the world.
Hai danced with the Los Angeles based Contemporary company BODYTRAFFIC from 2010 – 2013.
Hai’s strong understanding of Modern/Contemporary technique and innovative choreography are inspiring to our students, and a great addition to Cuizon Ballet Centre.
Chasen has been featured in Dancer magazine as “one to watch.” Completing a nationwide tour with State Street Ballet as a soloist, Chasen has choreographed for Eva Longoria, That Kid Conrad and Amber Blu music videos, “Breezy” web series, and personally coached kids now on Broadway and for YAGP. His choreography won as “Best Young Choreographer” and was performed at Regional America Southwest. Chasen began his career as a young actor and singer, performing in Chuck Norris films, with Leann Rimes, and in the musicals Casper (National tour), Oliver, The Music Man, and All My Sons. He left singing to pursue a career in dance, training on full scholarship with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Houston Ballet, Ballet Austin, and Texas Ballet Theatre. In 2010, Chasen moved to L.A. to further pursue his dance and music career. Chasen is now a company member with the Barak Ballet in Los Angeles. We are happy to have Chasen with us at Cuizon Ballet Centre.