Lisa Kelly Ferlita has as been performing since the age of three. She grew up in Middletown, New Jersey studying dancing, singing and acting. She went on to pursue her love for the arts and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Dance and Drama from Hofstra University in New York. She auditioned in Manhattan and landed herself her first professional musical theater gig at the age of 19. She went on to audition regularly in New York and toured nationally and internationally dancing, singing and acting. She earned her Actor’s Equity Association (AEA) union card through TheaterWorks USA.
After 10 years of performing professionally, she was asked to direct a dance program for a brand new Performing Arts Center in New Jersey. She built a very successful dance program from the ground up and assisted with the drama and musical theater departments. This is where she learned about her passion for teaching the performing arts!
Since then, Kelly-Ferlita married and moved to Tampa, Florida and founded a dance program at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS. There she created a dance curriculum for grades Pre-k through 5th Grade. She also started her own after school dance program for ages 3 through Adults. Both programs have grown by leaps and bounds.
At Corbett Prep, Kelly-Ferlita was a co-teacher in the Drama Department. Now, Lisa has founded Stagelights Performing Arts Center where she is currently sharing her passion and love for the performing arts with her beloved students.
Lisa studied dance with world renowned dance artists such as: Robin Becker, Lance Westergard, Finus Jhung, Andy Blankenbuehler, Mia Michaels, David Marquez, Frank Hatchett, Charles Kelly, Sheila Barker, Luigi, Charles Goddard, Germaine Salsberg and many more. Lisa studied private voice under the direction of Steven Lutvak, Brad Ross, Thomas Parisi, Thomas Shephard, and Lynn Singer. Lisa studied and performed at T. Schreiber Actors Studio in NYC.