Chicago native Elisa Montalvo is currently based in Shanghai. After moving abroad in 2012, Elisa 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" and most recently "Dance Smash". She 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". Elisa 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. She judged ballet competitions in Manila as well as choreographed a flash mob for the "Dance For Peace" festival in Nairobi. Recently, she directed the dance drama for the 2019 Belle International Fashion Show and choreographed commercials for Huawei and Alibaba's Taobao.
In the United States, Elisa’s professional dance credits include performances with Beyoncé for 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.
Elisa holds a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Chicago.
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