When Lisa Ellis (Class 2008) left Camberwell Girls to commence her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at Monash University, she was completely and utterly determined to never give up her first love – dancing… and, she didn’t!
Lisa, who has just graduated from Medicine School, specialising in paediatrics, has for the past three years also been running her own hugely successful dance company – DANCE PRESCRIPTION, an audition based twelve month dance program.
“I have been teaching dance for eight years and I just love it. I didn’t want to give it up completely when I commenced my studies. I was worried about the workload but dance is my creative outlet,” she says.
In 2013, when in her fourth year of study, Lisa was looking for an income but needed a flexible role to fit with her hospital placements. This is when DANCE PRESCRIPTION was born.
Lisa uses her medical knowledge to educate and spread awareness of safe dance practice and injury prevention.
“On my weekends I teach at DANCE PRESCRIPTION because it’s what I love to do more than anything,” she says with a big smile.
She now passionately encourages all of her dancers to pursue both their academic interests and hobbies with equal intent and attention, and to chase their dreams with complete inhibition.
“I don’t believe anyone achieves anything completely alone.”
Now in its third year, DANCE PRESCRIPTION has gone from strength to strength. This year, several interstate students auditioned, some from as far as Queensland just so that they can travel each fortnight to Melbourne to train under Lisa.
Lisa also runs seminars and workshops and clients include America’s Maddie Ziegler, the famous young dancer featured in three of Sia’s film clips.