Chicago native Elisa Montalvo is currently based in Shanghai. Since moving abroad in 2012, Elisa has choreographed for numerous TV shows in China including the first two seasons of "So You Think You Can Dance", "Dancing with the Stars", "China's Got Talent", "Dance Smash" and "The Greatest Dancer". She was the head choreographer for the Grand Opening Team for Shanghai Disney and has created parades and seasonal productions that continue to be enjoyed by millions of guests each year. Elisa was a resident teacher and choreographer for China's first private modern dance company,Jin Xing Dance Theatre and also created choreography for live tours of the "Jin Xing Talk Show". She judged ballet competitions in Manila as well as choreographed a flash mob for the "Dance For Peace" festival in Nairobi. In addition to choreographing for brands including Sephora, Bacardi, Outback, Sears, Martell and Land Rover, Elisa directed the dance drama for the 2019 Belle International Fashion Show and choreographed commercials for Huawei, Ziroom and Alibaba's Taobao.
In 2020, Elisa appeared as a judge for TV show “Dance in Step” giving feedback entirely in Mandarin. She was the choreography director for a live stream series collaboration between Kai Xin Ma Hua and TMall. This past spring she was part of the choreography team for a Hasbas production for Universal Beijing. Elisa is currently the movement director for a new theme park show produced by Immersive set to open Spring 2022.
In the United States, Elisa’s professional dance credits include performances withBeyoncéfor Oprah’s Farewell Spectacular, Jennifer Hudson, Aubrey O’Day from Danity Kane and working as an assistant choreographer for and performing with the Black Eyed Peas for the viral “I Gotta’ Feeling” flash mob. She carries with her a wealth of training, teaching, choreography and professional performance credits in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern, hip hop and contemporary styles of dance.