Former Professional Ballet Dancer
Certified GYROTONIC® Instructor
Wellness Mentor for Dancers and Athletes
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Lisa trained intensively with Mimi Priest at Jordan College Academy of Dance. Throughout her training, she received full scholarships to Boston Ballet, School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Houston Ballet summer programs. She was a National Scholarship Student with American Ballet Theatre in 1996 and 1997 and received their first Coca-Cola Scholar Award in the summer of 1997.
She danced with Ballet Internationale of Indianapolis while finishing high school and upon graduation, joined Washington Ballet for two seasons, where she danced featured roles in Choo-San Goh's Momentum and Fives, as well as world premieres by choreographers Nils Christe and John Goding. In 1999, she joined Houston Ballet and a year later, was chosen to dance a featured role in Nacho Duato's Without Words. In December 2003, Ms. Kaczmarek made her debut as The Sugar Plum Fairy in Ben Stevenson's The Nutcracker and in 2006 was invited by Ballet Nacional de Perú to perform the role of Sugar Plum in The Nutcracker production in Lima.
Throughout her eight seasons with Houston Ballet, she danced featured classical roles in Mr. Stevenson's Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty, Dracula, and Swan Lake as well as in Harold Lander’s Etudes. She also enjoyed performing numerous contemporary roles in Stanton Welch’s Divergence, Tales of Texas, Blindness, and Nosotros, Trey McIntyre's Second Before the Ground, Natalie Weir’s Steppenwolf, William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, and featured roles in Paul Taylor’s Company B, George Balanchine’s Serenade and Theme and Variations, as well as world premiere’s by Matjash Mrozewski and Julia Adams.
In 2007, Lisa joined Texas Ballet Theater, where she once again had the opportunity to be coached by Mr. Stevenson and dance in roles including Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Princess Aurora, Lilac Fairy and Carabosse in The Sleeping Beauty, as well as Calpurnia in Mr. Stevenson’s Cleopatra.
After experiencing first hand the amazing benefits of GYROTONIC® Exercise while recovering from a dance injury in 2007, Lisa began her certification process in the GYROTONIC METHOD® and has since enjoyed working with dozens of professional and pre-professional dancers. She has had the privilege to learn from Master Trainers Juergen Bamberger, Donna Place, Debra Rose, Amy El, Erika Hassan, Miriam Barbosa and Tim McMinn throughout her continuous education. She has a certification in the Dancer Application, as well as the Psoas Principles and is currently working on her GYROKINESIS® certification. In 2017 she received her Holistic Health Coaching certification from Institution of Integrative Nutrition and has been able to use her unique experiences as both a former ballet dancer and holistic health coach to challenge her GYROTONIC® clients to new levels of body awareness and confidence as their movement takes on new levels of quality and strength. She looks forward to sharing her passion of holistic movement and holistic health with young dancers and athletes throughout Houston, helping to guide them in body awareness, self respect and confidence.