Lisa Ellis

Lisa Ellis

Class of 2008

Lisa specialises in paediatrics and runs her own hugely successful dance company.

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. In November this year, DANCE PRESCRIPTION embarked on a UK tour, visiting eight different studios to hold dance technique workshops for over 100 lucky young girls who were chosen from a rigorous application process. Lisa was also delighted to be able to offer scholarships to eight Australian girls to assist her on the tour. Lisa says she feels very lucky to have been able to use her passion to support herself through Medical School and says she is really excited about offering more opportunities to the young talent of Australia over the coming years, and to helping many young dancers find their passion and advance their dance technique.   “I love working with such talented and dedicated students and am very excited about the upcoming auditions and 2016 program.” With the support of her partner, Rebecca Davies who herself is an internationally renowned dance technique coach, Lisa has enabled her dream to become a reality and that’s what she wants to teach her students too. “I think it’s of paramount importance to show young people – particularly young women – that the world is their oyster but they hold the spoon.” Lisa says that her school days were packed with co-curricular activities that she learnt the art of good time management right here at Camberwell Girls. “I look forward to the new challenge of balancing the life of being a brand new doctor with that of a dance teacher.” Lisa – we have full confidence that you will rise to the challenge!

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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.”

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