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Lisa Medford

Classes:   Hip Hop


As my mother watched “Dirty Dancing” in the movie theater, I made my debut with my first big kick in the womb and have been moving and grooving through life ever since. 


Raised as a ballerina, I  grew up performing full length ballets with the Evergreen City Ballet, directed by Wade Walthall, which has engrained the life of a dancer in my heart, and the crooked toes of a ballerina on my feet forever. At age 16 I took a 180 and discovered my love for the Hip-Hop dance community.


After moving to Los Angeles, to pursue the commercial dance industry,  I enjoyed touring China as a dancer for Pop Star Jay Chou, training in New York City at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and dancing as a leading futuristic lady in Steve Aoki and Waka Flocka’s music video, “Rage the Night Away.”

In 2012 I began to discover and experience the magic of working with youth, through founding  “Soul of Cali”,  a creative haven for youth to train through hip hop inspired dance, and explore personal style from the inside out. With this, I have choreographed and taught for the Pretenders Studio in Santa Monica for 8 years, and continue to Co-direct World Groove Summer camp, a cultural arts camp build on creating peace and oneness of all.


I am grateful every day for the language of dance, as I see my own 3 year old son enjoy and express through movement in its purest form. It’s an honor to flow in dance with all of you, just as we are. 

I prefer firm pillows to soft, live music to club DJ’s, salty to sweet, and collaboration to competition.