Lissa Curtis

 



Lissa went on to receive her B.S. in Kinesiology: Exercise Science and her B.A. in Theatre and Dance from the University of New Hampshire where she was reunited with her first ballet teacher, Larry Robertson, who was head of the ballet department.  While she was a full time student, Lissa joined the University of New Hampshire Ballet Company and took the principal parts in Paquita, and two original ballet's by Larry Robertson, Scenes dan un Salon, and Echoes of the Highlands.  For her excellence both on and off stage she received the prestigious Richard A. Morse scholarship award.  Also, during her college years Lissa competed in the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program and held the titles of Miss Bedford, Miss Strafford County, Miss Winnipesaukee, and Miss Manchester.  She earned more than $23,000 in scholarship money to help pay for her college education while promoting two personal platforms close to her heart: Passionately Pink: Awareness, Prevention and Support, and Drive Against Distractions.  Through the Miss NH organization Lissa became a spokesperson for her platforms, volunteer, fundraiser, and advocate for many non-profit organizations across NH which won her community service awards, recognition and support from the Governor of NH on multiple occasions, and a copy of her work in the Congressional Record.  To complement her Exercise Science degree Lissa became the youngest classical Peak Pilates instructor in the world with the intentions of bringing her knowledge into the ballet studio as a teacher and an artist.  Lissa has been dancing with Northeastern Ballet Theatre professionally since 2008 and was promoted to principal in 2014. 



​​​​At six years old Lissa began her training with The Seacoast Ballet Company under the direction of Lawrence (Larry) and Colleen Robertson in New Hampshire.  She studied all over New Hampshire with Mihailo Djuric, Susan Duffy, John Prinz, Christine Simes Jacques, Angela Carter, and David Drummond to name a few, and trained during the summers with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, and multiple times with Boston Ballet under early-acceptance status.  At thirteen she met Edra Toth, founder and director of Northeastern Ballet Theatre, at an open audition for her Nutcracker.  Toth, a former Boston Ballet prima ballerina and international star, noticed her talent and sent her to tour with the Boston Dance Company in Cambridge, MA.


All through high school Lissa toured New England each Nutcracker season with the Boston Dance Company under the direction of James (Jimmy) Reardon, and Clyde Nantais, both former Boston Ballet soloists.  Simultaneously, Lissa was given a full scholarship to train with Northeastern Ballet Theatre.  Toth coached Lissa in a handful of principal debut roles such as Lucy, in her original production of Dracula, Laurencia in The Pirate and the Gypsy alongside former American Ballet Theatre and Boston Ballet dancer, Eric Lindemer, and as the Older Princess in The Twelve Dancing Princesses, as well as many seasons of dancing the Grand Pas de Deux/ Snow Pas de Deux in The Nutcracker alongside many talented guest artists from all over the country.