Lisa LaMonica Moretti
Ms. Lisa is the artistic director of Lisa's Dance Studio which she founded in 1985. She has been a dance educator for over thirty five years and has taught classes all over the New England area. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Salem State College. She is a member of Dance Master's of America, New England chapter #5 and was on DMA's board of directors. She has choreographed for Bentley College drama department and was an original Kiss 108 dancer, touring with the company for many years. She also choreographed for various commercials and videos. As a teenager, she was a member of the Salem Ballet Company under the direction of Helen and Georgia Deane and Cynthia Marnik. Every three years since 1997, her students have performed at Disney World in Orlando. Her students also perform for different charitable events. Ms. Lisa is also the founder and artistic director of the New England Ballet Ensemble, and her students have performed Tchaikovsky's classical piece "The Nutcracker" with international artists and former members of the Boston Ballet, Jennifer Gelfand and Paul Thrussell.
Joe Istre's cutting edge, stylized movement, and unique approach to teaching combined with his understanding of the art, keep him in demand nation-wide. His performing credits include 42nd St., Chess, Contact, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular to name a few. He assisted with London's West End production of Hot Mikado, the tony nominated broadway Show "Ain't Broadway Grand", and the German version of "Beauty and the Beast". Choreography credits include shows for HBO, Midas Muffler, American Express, and Merle Norman Cosmetics. Istre has taught at the International Ballet Festival in Jackson, MI and had his piece "Come Together" placed on the national arts choreography plan. Joe was chosen as one of the finalists in the Leo's Jazz Dance Competition, and his choreography has won a soloist the bronze medal at the Helsinki ballet competition. Joe also has his own series of dance instructional videos that he sells at his site, www.joeistre.com. Joe teaches at universities, conventions, and schools all around the country, and at home in the LA area.
A former Disney World dancer, Angie is currently the Creative Director for an award winning Entertainment Company that produces shows for many Theme Parks, Touring shows, and Corporate Events across the country and abroad. She recently was awarded the distinguished "Spotlight Award" as Creative Director of the Year. She has directed and choreographed many Industrials, Professional Basketball dance teams, and Television Specials including NFL halftime shows. As a producer, Angie has opened shows in both Branson and Las Vegas. She co-produced and choreographed a live televised special that won an EMMY Award for "Best Special Event". A member of Dance Masters of America, Angie has also established herself as a master teacher and choreographer. She is passionate about sharing her love of dance and travels with many organizations, judging and teaching conventions across the United States.
Michelle DaSilva Ball
Michelle DaSilva/Ball is a graduate of Oklahoma City University, and as a senior was awarded the prestigious “Most Outstanding Dance Performance Major”. Since graduation, she has been blessed enough to travel the country singing and dancing in such Equity productions as Carousel, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Guys and Dolls, and The Music Man, often serving as dance captain. She has also performed in numerous revue shows throughout Australia, Japan, China, and Europe. Since performing, Michelle realized her true love for teaching. She has been awarded the “Susan B. Kempe” award for excellence in teaching. She has also choreographed for Six Flags, and been assistant choreographer for Holland America Line and Stiletto Entertainment. She served as an adjunct Professor at both Boston Conservatory and Dean College. Her and her family are happy to be back home, after living abroad in Ireland for three years. She is excited to return to her true passion of teaching and being with students again!