photo: K Ferg Photography


lisa nevada is a travelling choreographer, performer, educator, and naturalist.  Her compositions and vocabulary of work highlight our innate relationship to place and an urgent commitment to the health and restoration of plants & trees, soil, water and animals.  Her work has been commissioned by galleries, theatre & dance makers, as well as music symposiums throughout the US.  lisa facilitates movement workshops and class offerings open to ALL in an effort to ignite embodied change.   She is co-director and resident choreographer of SHIFT | DANCE (ABQ) and actively creates and performs under lisanevadadance.   lisa received her MFA from the University of New Mexico in 2015.



Through the crafting of dances, lisa aims to awaken audiences with a vocabulary of work that invokes thoughtful deliberation and delivers a visceral impact.  She is a curious and avid dance artist, influenced by modern dance techniques, improvisation, theatre and environmental/social engagement.   In 2017, lisa was invited to speak at the Decolonizing Nature: Resistance, Resilience, Revitalization conference to discuss her site-specific work Golden Migration (2016), performed at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, commissioned by 516 ARTS.  In 2014, lisa was named the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge Performance Artist for her site-specific dance concert, Radicles: Rediscovering humankind’s primary roots.

In addition to making dances, lisa performs in a select number of her choreographies and has performed the choreography of Donna Jewell, Jacqueline M. García, Erika Pujič, Rulan Tangen, Martha Graham, Bill Evans, Vladimir Conde Reche, among others.  Under the American Dance Legacy Initiative (ADLI), lisa has performed works by Anna Sokolow, David Parsons, Robert Battle, Donald McKayle, Jose Limón

lisa received her MFA in Dance from the University of New Mexico with concentrations in site-specific choreography and performance, embodied history, and teaching.  She has worked closely with the American Dance Legacy Initiative (ADLI), with extensive coaching by Mary Anne Newhall.  She is a founding member, co-director and resident choreographer for SHIFT | DANCE, an Albuquerque-based presenting platform that serves as a vehicle to elevate and generate awareness for the range of contemporary dance forms within the Albuquerque community.  lisa is choreographer, dancer and artistic director for her individual project lisanevadadance.