Billi Marder

When I walked into Cuizon Ballet Centre, my life was forever changed. I had my first private with Lisa and I remember walking out thinking that I had never learned so much in just a short hour. From that point on, Lisa has invested her energy, her love, and her time into my life and my dance career, and I could not be more grateful to have a mentor like her. Lisa has not only guided me as a dance teacher, but she has taught me so many life lessons that I will forever cherish. Lisa completely altered my view of dance. She made me realize what a special art form dance is and how it matters what you as an artist are bringing to the table, not just as a dancer. I owe so much of who I am to her: the way I work, the way I dance, and the way I love this art form so much. Cuizon Ballet Centre is a special place and Lisa will always remain very close to my heart.

Billi Marder
Peridance Contemporary Dance Company

I am forever grateful for my training at Cuizon Ballet Centre.  I trained with Lisa for over 10 years, from when I was 6 years old until I graduated high school and went to college.  Ballet is still an enormous part of my identity, and to this day, whenever and wherever I take a ballet class, the precision and clarity of my footwork, and my ability to move FAST, allow me to stand out.  My excellent Balanchine training is clear.  My exceptional training afforded me the opportunity, in high school, to attend summer programs at some of the most prestigious ballet companies in the country.  I will remember forever those amazing, challenging, rewarding, formative experiences! Aside from a lifelong love of dance and excellent technique, I bring the discipline, poise, confidence, resilience, and grace that I learned in the studio into every situation I encounter.  I hope that many more students in years to come will be as fortunate as I have been to enjoy the lifelong artistic, personal, and professional rewards of training at Cuizon Ballet Centre.

Katrina Wisdom


The effect of studying ballet at Cuizon Ballet Centre is hard to put into words, but I’ll give it a shot. In short, studying with you made me who I am today. Ballet was a foundational experience, but so was having you as a teacher and mentor and third parent. It wasn’t just that it gave me the discipline, structure, and work ethic that I needed then and that I still use today, but it gave me skills that have helped me in every domain of life, even long after leaving the studio. 

Tristen Inagaki
Professor of Psychology
University of Pittsburgh

I have known for almost my whole life that dance was important to me, but having a place of high standards to study the art and discipline of dance so close to where I grew up was truly fortuitous.  I am lucky to have the physical, emotional, and intellectual intelligence that comes with rigorous dance training.  Not only can I walk into almost any dance class and stand on my own, but I can also face life’s other challenges with the same confidence and skills.  I have searched, but I can’t find anything else that fulfills me quite like a good dance class.

Cuizon Ballet Centre was a place where I forgot the stresses of being a teenager (and remembered the stress of POINTING MY FEET!)  That was a very happy time in my life.  Every day I got to work hard doing what I love, and I went home dripping in sweat and contentment. 

I also had experiences teaching and choreographing at Cuizon Ballet Centre, and I made some great friends, not the least, was you, Lisa.  You have been a wonderful teacher, mentor, and friend to me.  You have done a super job providing high quality classes, teachers, and experiences for your students.  Scott, and I’m sure your whole family, have also done a great job supporting you and making Cuizon Ballet Centre what it is today, an unbelievable resource for many young people to enrich their lives like I have.  Every community should have a Cuizon Ballet Centre.

I am so proud to have been there at the beginning to help set up the studio.  I still remember walking in there for the first time and seeing the sun piercing through the blinds on those large windows.

It wasn’t only because I was tired or sore or a very responsible stretcher, but I was usually the last one to leave after class because Cuizon Ballet Centre felt like home.  I get a bit of the same feeling anytime I enter a dance studio.  I had a home away from home growing up, and it will follow me for the rest of my life.

Erin Kohout
Dancer, Choreographer, Physical Therapist

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