Lisa Attles, a native of Newark, NJ, began her dance training at the Newark School of the Arts. Ms. Attles subsequently trained in ballet and pointe at the Garden State Ballet, under the direction of Fred Danieli. She studied modern and jazz with Alfred Gallman and was a member of Gallman’s Newark Dance Theatre. Ms. Attles continues her ballet training as a dance instructor under the tutelage of her mentor, Madame Gabriella Darvash.
In 1981, Ms. Attles was recognized as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. She was awarded a medallion by Nancy Reagan in a ceremony at the White House. During that same year, she was a finalist in the Arts Recognition and Talent Search program and received a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet School.
Ms. Attles, a former soloist with the Dance Theatre of Harlem under the direction of Arthur Mitchell, was a member of the company for thirteen years. She toured with the company throughout the United States, as well as, Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa. She has appeared in the following Dance Theatre of Harlem television specials: 60 Minutes (CBS), Creole Giselle (NBC), the 1984 Olympic Games televised from Los Angeles, California, Sesame Street (PBS), Peter Jennings Special (ABC), and the 2011 Black History Month segment, (BET). She also appeared in a live television segment with students from The Ailey School for The Today Show (NBC).
During her career with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ms. Attles was featured in several leading roles including, “Medea”, “Dougla”, “John Henry”, “Dialogues”, “Fete Noire”, “Doina”, and “Adagietto #5”. She received outstanding reviews for her portrayal as Medea in Michael Smuin’s version of “Medea” and Polly Anna in Arthur Mitchell’s “John Henry”.
Currently, Ms. Attles instructs ballet in the Marymount Manhattan College Dance Department in New York City and the Richard Rodda Community Center in Teaneck, NJ. She is a ballet and pointe instructor at The Ailey School in New York City and has instructed in the following programs: Junior Division, PPAS-Professional Performing Arts School, Arts in Education, Children’s Aid Society/Ailey Summer Camp (Washington Heights), Ailey Extension, Junior Division Summer Sizzler, and First Steps Program. Her other teaching and choreographic credits include: Dance Theatre of Harlem, Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts, Newark School of the Arts, Broadway Dance Center – Frank Hatchett’s Children’s Dance Program, Theater Workshop, Ly-Ben Dance Theatre, Shellman Dance Academy, Battista Dance Studio, Gallman’s Newark Dance Theatre, East Orange Public School District’s Summer Youth Theatre Program, East Orange Public School District, New Jersey Performing Arts Center Dance Academy and ACT-SO/NAACP Program. Ms. Attles has instructed master classes, conducted lecture demonstrations, movement for musical theatre, creative movement, liturgical dance and concepts of dance within the New York, New Jersey, and South Carolina public school systems and private dance schools.
In 2008, Ms. Attles became an ABT (American Ballet Theatre) Certified Teacher, who successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.