Lisa Nice Longworth was born in Jacksonville, FL. Her mother was an opera singer and vocal coach and her father was the conductor of the Jacksonville Starlight Symphonette.
Following her parents example of excellence and love for the fine arts Lisa began her study of ballet under the direction of Dulce Anya, 1st Soloist with Alicia Alonso Ballet National de Cuba. She continued her instruction at Stephens College. Lisa trained though out the U.S. under famous Artists including Robert Joffery, David Howard of New York, Peter Martin of the New York City Ballet, Frank Hatchett, Jo Tremain and the Dupree School of Dance in Los Angeles. Lisa danced as premier soloist with the Jacksonville Ballet Theatre. She founded the Nice School of Dance Studio I in 1975 and Studio II in 1984, regarded as one of the most prestigious schools in the area. In 1990 Lisa resolved to sell her schools in support of her husband’s successful military career. Her husband’s retirement brings Lisa to settle in Virginia Beach.
Along the way Lisa taught in Japan, New York and Washington, D.C., and cultivated a children’s dance program with the Burke Racquet & Health Club. Lisa was delighted to establish the Nice School of Dance Studio III, in Virginia Beach.