Founder, Lisa Mara
Lisa Mara is the Founder of DanceWorks LLC. As a principal choreographer, Lisa began her training in Bedford, MA at the age of seven. A 2008 graduate of Syracuse University, Lisa spent four years involved with the University's student-run dance organization and was elected Director after her sophomore year. Along with overseeing the program, she organized workshops and auditions for over 200 students and choreographed and performed for crowds of over 3,500 each spring. A finalist for the Boston Celtics, Washington Wizards and New England Patriots Cheerleaders, Lisa continues to work with various local artists and organizations. Most recently, Lisa's professional credits include: performing with DanceWorks Boston at the New England Patriots NFL season-opener in September 2015 & 2017 during their Championship banner raising ceremony. Additionally she's performed with alternative rock band OKGo at Hubspot's INBOUND 2014 Marketing Conference; choreographer for Santander Bank's Annual Conference; and principal choreographer for HGTV's series Spontaneous Construction, which aired nationally on February 15, 2013. While not in the studio, Lisa spends time in Vermont and is an avid runner, completing two Boston Marathons in qualifying time.
Executive Director, Betsy Moran
Betsy Moran is the Owner & Executive Director of DanceWorks LLC. She is the primary on-site representative of DanceWorks New York City at all auditions, rehearsals, events & performances, and directs both the NYC and Boston affiliates. Betsy was a Vice President at an international financial services company prior to taking on her expanded responsibilities within DanceWorks LLC. True to the values and mission of DanceWorks, Betsy is thankful that she has an outlet for movement, athleticism and creativity outside of her finance job. She has been a company dancer and member of DanceWorks New York City since 2013, and has choreographed both group and full cast finale productions.
Betsy graduated cum laude from Boston University, where she concentrated in finance and served as captain of the BU Dance Team. She grew up in New Jersey and was an avid competition dance team member having won multiple titles and overall awards. In her adolescence, she studied dance at New Jersey Ballet, Dance By Darlene, and Fabulous Feel Dance Academy. Additionally, Betsy has participated in several NYC-based dance programs including: a post-show tap challenge with Savion Glover, Broadway Dance Center's student showcase with choreography by Michelle Dorrance, Jim Cooney and Justin Boccitto, and danced alongside the Radio City Rockettes in multiple Rockette Summer Intensives.
Betsy is also a budding entrepreneur, having completed her yoga teacher training with Marianne Wells Yoga School in Costa Rica and continuing education in prenatal yoga and yin yoga, she teaches private yoga sessions and corporate yoga in NYC. She founded Green Apple Corporate Wellness to bring yoga and wellness classes into the home, office and beyond. She partners with yoga instructors and wellness professionals to carry out these services. From the beaches in Punta Cana to NYC residences and board rooms, Betsy has had the privilege of teaching yoga in a variety of unique environments!
An avid traveler, athlete and philanthropist, Betsy has hiked to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, bicycled through the Lincoln Tunnel with Bike MS, taught dance and yoga to the girls of The Sacred Valley Project in Peru, and volunteers within her local community.
Assistant Director, Andrea Fanikos
A Massachusetts native, Andrea began her dance career at the Dance Studio of Wakefield, where she trained formally in a variety of styles of dance and competed in numerous regional and national dance competitions, winning multiple titles and awards. In 2010, Andrea took her dance education to the classroom and received her Dance Adjudicators Certification from the Dance Teachers Club of Boston’s Dance Education Training Course. Immediately following, she toured across the country with Excel in Motion dance convention as an Elite Dancer assisting So You Think You Can Dance headliners such as : tWitch, Allison Holker, Alex Wong, Lauren Froderman, and Kent Boyd. Andrea continued her dance career at Boston University. While there, she was member of BU’s Division 1 Varsity Dance Team. During her four-year tenure, the team won two NDA National Championship titles for D1 Hip-Hop and Team Dance. Andrea ended her career at Boston University in 2016 with a bachelor of science in public relations and minor in business administration.
Andrea has yet to stop dancing—and she doesn’t plan on it. She now shares her love and passion for the art by teaching and working with both competitive and recreational dancers at La Pierre Dance Studio in Reading, MA, as well as coaching the Bentley University Dance Team. During the fall of 2017, she also co-directed Melrose Youth Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. Her recent performances include: Wayfair commercials, Boston Community Dance Project Internalize, Liberty Hotel's Illuminate Gala, and the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival with Urbanity Dance Company. Andrea loves sharing her passion for the art of dance and is excited to join the DanceWorks Boston family and continue to improve upon its success within the Boston dance community!