Lisa Sundstrom received her early training in her hometown of Astoria, Oregon and at The Marin Ballet in San Rafael, California. Hand-picked by American Ballet Theatre Artistic Director, Mikhail Baryshnikov at 16 for the American Ballet Theatre Scholarship Program, she went on to tour extensively nationally and internationally with ABTII then ABT, performing a wide range of corps de ballet, soloist, and principal roles. She joined Pennsylvania Ballet (now Philadelphia Ballet) as a soloist and was quickly promoted to principal dancer. Lisa’s principal repertoire includes Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Swanhilda in Coppelia, The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the title roles in Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella. She performed numerous George Balanchine ballets and works by Paul Taylor, William Forsythe, Agnes de Mille, and José Limón. Ms. Lisa worked with choreographers Twyla Tharp, Anthony Tudor, Kenneth MacMillan, Merce Cunningham, Ben Stevenson, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, and James Kudelka, and was privately coached in roles by Gelsey Kirkland, Suzanne Farrell, Robert Joffrey, and Peter Martins. In addition, Lisa appeared several times on PBS’s Dance in America, was featured in Dance Magazine, and interviewed on radio. Her image appears on postcards, posters, and books by renowned dance photographer, Harvey Edwards. Lisa began her 35-year teaching career as a full-time faculty member at The Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet and at University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She returned to Oregon to attend college, and shortly thereafter directed Portland Festival Ballet, where she staged The Nutcracker and presented the company at the Pacific Regional Dance America Festival in Southern California. In 2014, she was invited to teach at Oregon Ballet Theatre School and was named OBT2 Program Director and OBT School Principal Teacher in 2015. While teaching in the school, she rehearsed, coached, and staged works for OBT2, booking 20-30 presentations annually, educating audiences and building community relationships throughout the Portland Metro area. She brought OBT2 on tour to Astoria, Bend, Hood River, Lincoln City and Olympia, WA, inviting local dance troupes to open the performances. Ms. Sundstrom’s students have gone on to dance professionally in the US and abroad. As a guest teacher, she has worked in the US, Asia, and Europe. Lisa is passionate about sharing her knowledge and helping dancers of all levels reach their highest potential.