Jazz Faculty Bio | Lisa Harvie | Steps on Broadway Faculty - Steps on Broadway


Lisa Harvie

Originally from Ottawa, Canada, Lisa Harvie is a New York City based dancer, educator and choreographer. She holds her MFA in Dance from Montclair State University and is a graduate of the University of Toronto. She is a member of Actors Equity and of the Royal Academy of Dance (A.R.A.D.).

Ms. Harvie is an established faculty member at Steps on Broadway, teaching for both the open Professional Division and for the Steps Youth Program. She is also on faculty at Vassar College and is a guest teacher/choreographer at Iona College. She has taught at NYU's Strasberg Institute, Joffrey Ballet School, The School at Columbia, Connecticut Dance Conservatory, Cumbrae Dance Center, and has given master classes for the Open Jar Institute, Verb Ballets, Destination Broadway, the British Association of Dance, and the Elan Awards in New York City. She has acted as Associate Choreographer at the Gateway Playhouse (NY) and choreographed for the Foolish Theater Company in New York City. She has showcased a multitude of original pieces at Steps on Broadway, has choreographed for the Iona Dance Ensemble, and has worked with high school theater programs in setting full-length musical productions.

National and regional performance credits include West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Carousel, Singin' in the Rain, Oklahoma, Footloose, Kiss Me Kate, and Scrooge. Lisa performed at the Hudson Theater in a tribute to the late Broadway producer David Merrick, with choreography set by Karin Baker. She worked with Patricia Wilcox for the 20th Anniversary Concert Performance of Rags at the Nokia Theater, and appeared in the New York workshop production of The Great White Way, directed and choreographed by David Marquez. In addition to her work in musical theater, she has danced with the Ottawa Ballet at Canada's National Arts Center.

Jazz Class Description:
Lisa Harvie is a versatile jazz teacher and choreographer. Her contemporary interpretation of jazz as a hybrid art form, pays close attention to the technique and style that set it apart from other disciplines. Her background in ballet, tap, highland and musical theater cross over choreographically and her warm-up is built on a solid technical dance foundation that also incorporates the benefits of yoga. In maintaining a connection to the fundamental roots of jazz dance, there is a strong focus on musicality and movement specificity -- emphasizing physical initiation and dynamic execution. Her classes offer an athletic outlet within a supportive and welcoming environment and will challenge a dancer's endurance and elevate performance.