Lisa Black, Instructor


My best childhood memories are from dance. Beginning at age four, I started taking ballet and I have been dancing ever since.  In high school, I was on dance team for three years.  I was made captian my senior year and it was then that I realized my love for choreography. I continued dancing in college at Pacific Lutheran University not only taking many classes, but also performaing in the Dance Ensemble. Out of college, I judged dance team competitions for ten years and coached a middle school dance team in Sherwood. Dance is my passion and I love all genres of dance. I take classes and go out dancing as often as possible. I became part of the Sherwood Dance Academy family when my oldest daughter started taking classes from the Academy's founder Debbie Ford around 1998. I love teaching dance so I can help create other girls best childhood memories.

She teaches: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Little Movers


Get to know Lisa better:

When did you start dancing and why did you keep dancing?  I started dancing at 3 or 4 when I took my first ballet class. I kept dancing because dance has, even from a young age, always been a part of who I am.

Why did you want to become a dance instructor? I wanted to become a dance instructor because it combines my passion for dance with my love of children.  Some of my best childhood memories are of dance.  I want to help create great childhood memories for other children.

Do you still dance or take dance lessons even though you are an instructor? I love dance so I still take dance classes every chance I can get. I am always looking for an opportunity to learn a new style or brush up on styles I already know.  No matter how old you are or how much experience you have you can always learn more and improve. I wish I had the time to take a dance class every night of the week. At SDA  I have had Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Bellydance, Flamenco, Hip Hop, and Irish.  Outside of SDA I have been known to Salsa, Line Dance, Swing Dance, and of course I am a huge Zumba fan and recently became an instructor.

What is your favorite style of dance and why?  I truly love all styles of dance but if I had to choose I would say Hip Hop. The strong beat in the music is awesome!

What is the hardest part about dance to you and why?  The hardest part of dance to me has been getting older. It is frustrating to me when my body won’t do what it used to!

What is your favorite thing to do outside of the studio or besides teaching dance? Outside of dance I like to spend time with my husband and kids (Andrea, Austin, Aidan, and Ariana) at home, family getaways and traditions. I love the beach, reading, going to sporting events (my kids, college, or professional), musicals, connecting with friends, camping, movies, and road trips. 

What is your favorite dance quote?   “Dance is the only art of which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made.”  -Ted Shawn

Random tidbits:  I love my job!  Your children are so precious and beautiful!  I get so excited when a student masters a new move or when something suddenly “clicks” for them.  I hope that I help to instill the love of dance in each one of my students!