Founder & Executive Director, Lisa Mara
Lisa Mara is the Founder of DanceWorks LLC and directs both the Boston & New York City affiliates. 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.
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!