My name is Lisa and I was born and raised in the great state of Texas. I grew up running around on a soccer field, and it wasn’t until high school that I decided to turn my cleats in for some dancing shoes. I danced all four years of high school and held the Colonel position my senior year. I went on to dance for the University of Texas in San Antonio for one year before transferring to Texas State University where I began working on my Dance and Education major. While going to school I danced for the Austin Turfcats arena football team for two seasons and the Austin Capitol City Dance Team for one season. I then began my cherished journey with the San Antonio Spurs Silver Dancers where I danced three amazing seasons. I was awarded “Silver Dancer of the Season” my second year and was honored to be the captain my last year with the organization.
I am currently the dance, art, and math teacher at an inner-city high school where most of the students are considered high risk. I took the position to not only teach them how to dance or paint a picture, but to make an impact and a difference. My job is to inspire them, be their biggest supporter, and to create a safe environment where they know they are always welcome. As much as I want to say that I have taught them, they probably have made more of an impact on me.
Do you still find ways to dance or perform?
I could not survive without dance in my life! I am currently a high school dance teacher, and I get to dance all day everyday with my students. I do have a lot more spare time than I did before, so I now devote that time to community service and mission work. I am a part of a mission called, New Found Freedom, which is a group that travels to a state prison to speak with boys and have worship with them. I was involved with the Feed My Starving Children organization this past year and a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.
What is your favorite social media outlet?
I like them all, but I am really into Instagram right now. I absolutely love pictures and believe you can’t take too many! I use Twitter as a way of keeping up with current events and networking.
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Name 1 fitness tip you would recommend for dancers and cheerleaders.
Be healthy and be you! Everyone is shaped and built differently and that is what makes a beautifully diverse team. Drink water, do your lunges, be wise with nutrition and you’re golden.
What performer would you drop everything for to go and see?
Stunning good looks, a charming voice, some awesome dance moves… the one and only, Justin Timberlake!
What was your most memorable moment as a professional cheerleader?
Looking back over my 3 years with the San Antonio Spurs Silver Dancers, I don’t think I can just say one thing because I am completely grateful for it all. There’s that feeling of having a group of ladies always there to be your biggest supporters. Always having someone to relate to and help you push to be better. It’s no secret its hard work to be on a professional dance team. You go through a day of work or school and then you’re required to give your all for practice or dance through a 3 hour game. I would walk in exhausted to practice some days and I would look up to see a smile on my coach’s face or look at the girl next to me and feed off her energy. This experience is one that can’t be done alone. You learn to really rely on your teammates and therefore create a bond that will last a lifetime.
Nothing can compare to game day. I remember standing in the tunnel–lights off, crowd screaming, and getting the biggest adrenaline rush one could ever imagine. Although my very first home game was the most memorable–the feeling was the same every single game. I never got comfortable and even being a 3 season vet, I still had nerves. Nerves of excitement, nerves that made me remember this was all reality. After the anticipation of waiting to run out, I would get to my spot and look up to the very top. The fans were so loud that I could feel their excitement and love for the team. That would always make me smile and fuel me with energy for the game. During my last season with the Spurs, we made it to Finals and all the way to Game 7! The whole season was a roller coaster of emotions, and even though we didn’t win the championship, I feel like I won an experience of a lifetime.
One last thing that truly made this experience meaningful was the woman leading the team. Not only was my coach a fabulous dancer who taught me how to perform, entertain, and push for more; she was an amazing leader and example for a young lady like me to look up to. She is a daughter of God and represents her faith in a positive way. She is someone who works hard to live a Godly life, and I am so thankful to have someone like her as my guide. She truly has been an inspiration to me and many others.
What advice would you give to future cheerleaders auditioning for pro teams?
Never, ever give up! The process of auditions can be one of the most memorable parts. You learn how strong you are and you test limits. Just showing up to a professional audition is commendable because that alone is a step away from fear and one step closer to making your dream come true. I didn’t make the team the first year I auditioned for Spurs. I used that obstacle as motivation, a minor setback for a future comeback. I knew making the team was something I would work hard for and I can honestly say, if it’s in God’s plan, nothing can stop it.
I would love to direct my own college or pro team. It would be an opportunity to give back to all the people who have taken their time to help me and make me into the woman I am today.
As of now my dancing shoes are hanging up on the shelf, but who knows if they might make another appearance! A dream of mine has always been to wear the famous uniform of 15 stars and white boots.
What is your must have beauty item?
In my Silver Dancer days, my big poof was pretty famous! Big Sexy Hairspray works magic! Also, I’m a mascara girl. My favorite right now is Maybelline’s Falsies Mascara!
Do you have any pets?
I have a 7 month Siberian Husky that anyone that knows me would say I am kind of obsessed with! His name is Shadow and he is treated like a king.
What is an inspirational quote you would like to share?
More than a quote, but a piece of the best advice I’ve ever been told…
We all have a picture in our heads of how we think our lives should go. We plan it out perfectly in our minds, laying out what seems to be the ideal plan for us. We set up goals, we take action, and we kneel down at night and ask in prayer for it to go our way. We grow disappointed when things go off track and when we don’t feel in control. But God’s wisdom cannot be replaced, and He promises the very best quality of life. Sometimes you don’t need the perfect plan. You just need faith.