cardio dance pop hip hop choreography instructor lisa medford

Lisa Medford

As my mother watched “Dirty Dancing” in the movie theater, I made my debut with my first big kick in the womb. Raised as a ballerina, I  grew up performing full length ballets with the Evergreen City Ballet, directed by Wade Walthall, engraining the life of a dancer in my heart and  the crooked toes of a ballerina on my feet forever. By 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 as I leaned more into teaching I founded  “Soul of Cali”  a creative haven for youth to train and explore personal style from the inside out. SOC is now available to youth ages 5-12 through the city of Santa Monica. “Save the World”  my dance along for kids, produced by Mega Mace has been translated into several languages and broadcasted by Cyberobics through out Europe.

With a new baby of my own, my choreo class at Moore Dancing for adults  has personally become my favorite work out and weekly dance therapy. I fuse my love for choreography, music, real life, and humor into a class that brings us together and sends us into the weekend feeling refreshed and youthful. I prefer Adidas to Nike, firm pillows to soft, live music to club DJ’s, and salty to sweet.