Elisa Montalvo is a Shanghai-based Choreographer and Director who has vast experience creating for a multitude of platforms across the entertainment industry. Known for bringing joy to the creative process, her vibrant style has been experienced by audiences worldwide through television, theatre, theme park entertainment, fashion shows, flash mobs, live-stream, commercials and film.
Elisa created for the Grand Openings of Shanghai Disney and Universal Studios Beijing. Through collaborating with brands including Fila, Huawei, Sephora, Alibaba, Belle International, Bacardi, Land Rover and more, her work demonstrates how universal, accessible and powerful dance is across various industries. Working with comedy group Kaixin Mahua, she was the choreography director for a live-stream series whose opening show garnered over 1.9 million unique viewers. Creating with technology, she choreographed drones to match dancers for a televised duet and was the movement director of the holographic elements for theatre production "The Alchemist - The Secret Life of Isaac Newton".
In China, Elisa is best known for her pieces for “So You Think You Can Dance” as well as for shows including “Dancing with the Stars", "China's Got Talent", "Dance Smash" and "The Greatest Dancer". Elisa’s expertise has been valued as a guest judge for dance competitions in Manila as well as for the second season of Chinese TV series “Dance in Step” where she gave feedback entirely in Mandarin. In Ethiopia and Kenya, Elisa taught workshops and collaborated with local artists for the “Dance for Peace” festival. Elisa was hired as a director and choreographer for Expo 2020 Dubai.
Working with celebrity artists from across the globe, Elisa's talents have brought her to create for and perform alongside artists including Jin Xing, Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson, Black Eyed Peas, Daniil Simkin, Dong Jie and more. Artistic and analytical, she holds a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Chicago.