Dancer Profile: Lisa Torphy of Choreographers Collaboration Project

Lisa Torphy is a consultant who currently performs with Choreographers Collaboration Project, a modern dance company based in Alexandria, VA. Her dance background includes a strong foundation of ballet and modern. Growing up, she received ballet training with Repertory Dance Theatre in Allentown, PA, where she studied under Dolly Haltzman, Jennifer Haltzman Tracy and Maurice Brandon Curry. In college, she was a member of Penn State’s Orchesis Dance Company where she focused on jazz and modern. Follow Lisa on Twitter @LTorphy.

Lisa TorphyWhere do you usually take class? Who is your favorite teacher in the DC area?

I usually take class with CCP (check our website for details) and BalletNova Center for Dance. BalletNova has a great variety of classes with excellent teachers. My favorite class is ballet with Constance Walsh.

How has dance changed your life? How do you feel when you’re dancing?

Dance has given me a drive and motivation that I think only dancers can understand. As a young professional, it is nice to have a creative outlet outside of work. Dancing keeps me refreshed, focuses and energized and makes me feel alive.

Any advice for people who are interested in dance, but have never danced before?

My advice is, try it! There are so many great opportunities for dance in the DC area. Start with a beginner’s class and move up from there. There is absolutely no reason to feel embarrassed or discouraged. Anyone and everyone can dance – movement is completely natural. CCP recently had the opportunity to do a creative movement workshop with a group of seniors and it was unbelievable to see what they created and watch them move through space. It was completely inspiring. My point is – dance doesn’t have to be tutus and pink tights. You can do it in sweatpants in your living room to your favorite song! There are a lot of classes out there that cater to every level and type of dance.

Anything you want to promote? Anyone you want to give a shout out to?

Please visit CCP online for updates on classes and performances. Our youth “Young at Heart” spring dance concert will take place on Saturday, March 26th. On stage this special evening will be young dancers from our children’s classes and student choreographers. Follow CCP on Twitter @DanceCCP and Like our Facebook page.

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About Cecile
Cecile Oreste is an arts marketing and public relations professional living in New York City. Follow her on Twitter @cecileoreste.

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