Guest Instructor- Ms. Lisa

Lisa (Fralinger) Mulligan

Miss Lisa

Passionate about dancing since the age of three, Ms. Lisa has been trained in the Cecchetti method of ballet, as well as modern, tap, and jazz.  Along with currently performing and instructing at Civic Dance Center in Portage, IN, Lisa has studied at The Dance Academy, Lansing, IL; Indiana Ballet Theatre NW, Crown Point, IN; Ruth Page School of Dance, Chicago, IL; and with the Joffrey Ballet School in their trainee program, New York, NY.  Lisa first met and started dance classes with  Ms. Natalie in 1997 when she was 13 years old and attributes her love of dance to the passion for ballet Ms. Natalie helped instill in her.

Lisa has performed in numerous ballets including Swan Lake, CinderellaSleeping BeautyFirebirdPeter PanCoppeliaGaite Parisienne, and The Nutcracker.  Lisa has portrayed the lead roles of Odette in Swan Lake, the Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella at the Star Plaza Theatre.  She has performed as a guest artist with Dance Alive! dance studio is Manteno, IL as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker.  While on a performing tour of England and France, Lisa was certified in London for her knowledge and skill of the Imperial Classical Ballet Intermediate Syllabus, receiving highly commended marks under the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.  Lisa performed as a soloist in the Chicago National Association of Dance Master’s Ballet Forum, where she received a full scholarship to study with the Florida Youth Ballet Theatre.  Lisa has also modeled for Art Stone dance costume catalog in New York.

Along with having sixteen years of teaching and choreography experience in ballet, tap, and jazz, Lisa has choreographed for Boone Grove High School’s musical “Kiss Me Kate”, Highland Middle School’s musical, “Chorus Line”, and the Daughter’s of Penelope Annual Cotillion Ball for graduating seniors of Hellenic descent, all in the Northwest Indiana area. Lisa earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Indiana University NW in 2006 and teaches 6thgrade math at Fegely Middle School, where she also spent 10 years as the dance clinic sponsor & instructor.

Ms. Lisa started teaching  at Civic Dance Center when it opened 15 years ago- and we are so lucky to have such a dedicated, informed, and passionate instructor!  Lisa strives in her instruction to help her dance students reach their fullest potential. From class, to rehearsal, to stage, she hopes all students enjoy dancing as much as she does!