Academy's Founder and Director, Lizanne McAdams-Graham, has over 35 years experience as a professional dancer and instructor.
She began training at age 3, under the direction of her late mother, Lorraine McAdams. She has an extensive history
with the School and Company of the National Ballet of NJ, as a choreographer, teacher and ballerina, since the organization
was founded by her mother in 1975. Her Mother a dancer and Father a musician, she grew up in a theatrical family devoted
to the performing arts.
At age 15 she earned scholarships to Joffrey Ballet, Harkness House in NYC, Pennsylvania Ballet,
and Craft of Choreography NARB workshops. She joined the Croation National Theatre Ballet of Zagreb, as a soloist at age 17.
In 1987 she went on to San Francisco to dance with the SF Dance Theater and then became a principal dancer with the renowned
ODC/San Francisco, completing world tours to Russia, Southeast Asia, Hawaii, and Australia, along with Joyce Theater, City
Center, Lincoln Center in NYC, and Kennedy Center in D.C. She danced for Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco
Opera ballet companies and appeared on the PBS televised production of "Dance in America". Ms. McAdams served
on the faculty for Pittsburgh Ballet, Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, Point Park College, Carnegie-Mellon University, Drexel University,
and the San Francisco Institute of Choreography. She set major ballets on Charleston Ballet, Ithaca Ballet and Walnut Hill.
She retired from performing in 1997 and has taught company class for Cleo Parker Robinson, Ballet Nouveau and Boulder Ballet.
She has conducted professional classes at Colorado Ballet and is Ballet Mistress for Dawson/Wallace Dance Project, formerly
David Taylor Dance Theatre.