Nutcracker wouldn’t be Nutcracker without the local Children’s cast! Dancing along side the full professional Russian cast are local Youngstown children from Jordan School of Ballet. Lisa Zumpella Jordan is a Professional Ballerina, Artistic Director, Master Teacher, Private Coach, Choreographer and Founder of the Jordan School of Ballet in Youngstown, Ohio. Jordan performed as a soloist with the Contemporary Ballet Theatre of Williamsburg, Virginia, was a principal dancer with Ballet Michigan. She has performed with the original Cleveland Ballet (founded by Dennis Nahat and Ian Horvath 1972-2000), and Pointe of Departure, a professional ballet company constructed of former Cleveland Ballet dancers, most recently known as Ballet San Jose. Lisa was also given the honor of performing as the guest ballerina, dancing the role of Cinderella, with the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall in Cleveland.
Lisa has taught every level of ballet at the School of Cleveland Ballet. She was also a faculty member with both the Dance Institute and the University of Akron where she taught both ballet and pointe. In 2003, Lisa had the opportunity of being the ballet mistress and director of 50 students chosen by the Moscow Ballet to perform with them in their production of "The Great Russian Nutcracker." Lisa was nominated into the 2007 edition of "Who's Who in American Women." She also trains and coaches students of all levels who are preparing for competitions including Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP), an international ballet competition as well as professional careers.