Director of Dance - Lisa O'Connor
Lisa O'Connor brings a wealth of training and experience to St. Pius X. She trained with the Gainesville Ballet and danced professionally with the Ruth Mitchell Dance Theater. She spent her summers studying with the Joffrey Ballet, the Charleston Ballet Theater, and the Lexington Ballet. While dancing with the Ruth Mitchell Dance Theater, Mrs. O'Connor expanded her performance range by working with Salvatore Aiello, Tom Pazik, Sara Yarborough, Winthrop Corey, and Andrew Kuharsky. Mrs. O'Connor graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Psychology and began her teaching career with the Duluth School of Ballet and the Ruth Mitchell Dance Theater. She has enhanced her knowledge as a dance educator by completing the K-12 state certification program through the University of Georgia, as well as certificate programs with David Howard in New York City, American Dance Festival, Antioch University, Giordano Jazz Technique, Stott Pilates, and the Summer Dance Institute led by Anne Green Gilbert. In 2010, she earned a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Mrs. O'Connor began teaching at St. Pius X in the fall of 1998, served as the Fine Arts Department Chair from 1999-2013, and received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2003 and 2008. She also serves as the Fine Arts Coordinator.
Assistant Director - Madison Schrama
For the past five years, Madison Schrama has been teaching dance to children of all ages and in various styles including Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Modern, Jazz, Tap and Hip hop. Starting at the age of three, Ms. Schrama received her training at Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts. She became a member of Georgia Dance Theatre where she trained and performed for eight seasons. As a member of Georgia Dance Theatre, she performed in multiple classical and contemporary ballets dancing soloist roles such as Dew Drop in The Nutcracker and Peasant Pas Des Deux in Giselle. During her senior year of high school, Ms. Schrama was selected to participate in the work-study/mentorship program of GAD & the Performing Arts in conjunction with the Fayette County Board of Education. Outside of her high school training at GAD, Ms. Schrama received additional training at the American Ballet Theatre and the Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet summer intensives. Ms. Schrama holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the University of Georgia, as well as a certification in Dance Education for K-12 schools. Throughout her college training, she gained experience in production, dance training in technique and academia, and choreography. She was a member of the UGA Ballet Ensemble for two years and set choreography on other dance majors. Additionally, Ms. Schrama worked as an Arts Administrative Intern for two summers with the Joffrey Ballet School under Colleen Barnes where she also held positions such as rehearsal assistant and stage manager. After graduation, Ms. Schrama completed her Dance Education Certification at North Atlanta High School where she continued her training and experience in dance instruction, choreography, and production. For the past 2 years, she has been a dance educator and guest choreographer at Georgia Academy of Dance & The Performing Arts.