A native of Milwaukee, WI, Lisa started dancing at the age of four and continued training in Connecticut with New Haven Ballet School and Joyce DiLauro. Her additional studies included intensives with Boston Ballet School, American Academy of Ballet, and Milwaukee Ballet School where she was offered a contract into Nancy Einhorn’s Milwaukee Ballet II program. While there, she danced in Bruce Well’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She was also seen in Antony Tudor’s Offenbach in the Underworld and Michael Pink’s The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty. In 2009, Lisa joined Minnesota Ballet where she performed the roles Lustful Virgin in Agnes De Mille’s Three Virgins and a Devil, and Zulme in Giselle. Two seasons ago, Lisa danced with Milwaukee Ballet and performed in Edgar Zendejas’ world premiere of Mara at the International Choreographic Competition. Lisa’s career has offered her the chance to dance works by Alvin Ailey, Kee-Juan Han, Jose Limón, Trey McIntyre, Adam Miller, Pilobolus and Chet Walker. During her first season with Atlanta Ballet, she had the privilege of performing in James Kudelka's The Man in Black, Jorma Elo's First Flash and Twyla Tharp's world premiere of The Princess and the Goblin. Lisa thanks her family for all of their love and support.
Kiara began her ballet training at age 6 in Cary, North Carolina at Cary Ballet Conservatory. She spent summers training at Boston Ballet, Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive and Pacific Northwest Ballet. After graduating from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Kiara was awarded a full scholarship to continue her training as a Professional Division student at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She performed with Pacific Northwest Ballet in the corps of George Balanchine’s Le Baiser de la Fée and Copellia, and in Kent Stowell’s Nutcracker. Outside of ballet, she enjoys music and arts and crafts. Kiara thanks her parents, sisters and all of her friends for their support and looks forward to her first season with Atlanta Ballet.
Miguel Angel Montoya
Miguel was born in Cali, Colombia, where he began his training at the Instituto Colombiano de Ballet, Incoballet. In 2008, Miguel relocated to Philadelphia, PA to attend the Rock School on a full scholarship. While at the Rock School, he studied with Mariaelena Ruiz and Servi Gallardo under the direction of Bo and Stephanie Spassoff. In 2010, Miguel competed in the IBC Jackson International Ballet Competition and progressed through to the 2nd Round Semi-Final and also made it to the Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) New York finals. Prior to joining Atlanta Ballet, Miguel danced with Incolballet Company under the direction of Gloria Castro de Martinez, appearing in notable roles such as the Slave in Le Corsaire and Basilio in Don Quixote. Last season Miguel had the privilege of working with Twyla Tharp and originated roles in the world premiere of her full-length ballet, The Princess and the Goblin. Miguel also danced in Juel Lane’s Moments of Dis and appeared as a featured dancer in Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush. Miguel would like to thank the Atlanta Ballet family for their graciousness and support.
Pablo was born in Puebla, Mexico. After moving to the U.S. he began training with Amy Rose in Libertyville, Illinois and studied additionally at the Boston Ballet School. He continued his training at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and graduated in 2010 with a B.S. in Ballet Performance with an Outside Field in Communications and Culture. At IU, under the direction of Michael Vernon, he danced leading roles in works by Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Matthew Neenan, Twyla Tharp and Violette Verdy. Prior to joining Atlanta Ballet, Pablo performed and toured with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago as a trainee. Pablo made his Atlanta Ballet debut as a featured dancer in Wayne McGregor’s Eden/Eden. He has since danced in James Kudelka’s The Four Seasons and The Man in Black and Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush. Pablo looks forward to another incredible season with the Atlanta Ballet and wishes to thank his family for their wonderful support.