Lisa Jane Baker

Lisa Jane Baker is one of the new Directors of Dance Central in Sydney. Lisa trained at Wendy Kennedy Dance Academy in the styles of classical ballet, jazz, tap, national character and contemporary dance styles from a very young age through the guidance of her mother Dewi Ratna, who is a traditional classical Indonesian dancer and has performed professionally throughout Indonesia. Like her sister Maya Martinez she is proficient in most dance styles and probably as a result of her intercultural heritage has found herself more interested in “telling stories from other countries”. Lisa trained for many years with Shirley Sweeney who has travelled globally and studied with Dance masters in the styles of Balinese, Mongolian and Classical Indian all of which Lisa has performed.
For as long as she can remember her drive and inspiration holds strong roots in Hip Hop as a lifestyle, however also shares a love for West African and Afro Caribbean dance and music where she studied with Dance Master Kofi Walker from Jamaica and has kept up her dance training through her sister Maya who has developed her own Afro Caribbean contemporary Dancehall flavour and Dance Studio 101. Lisa however is most passionate about making music and is always working on her own Hip Hop project with at twist of soulful reggae “Lordz of the Fly” where she fronts the group as her alias Rudy Jackson. Cutting her teeth while singing as solo backing vocalist for Christine Anu touring nationally throughout the 2000 Olympics and performing for International guests such as Nelson Mandela. Lisa was also asked to be solo vocalist for Danielle Spencer’s live show which included a national tour of the US with Spencer and Russell Crowe. Lisa established herself as a talented vocalist before she uncovered her diversity of being a dope MC. Rudy has been described in the press as delivering “honey drenched, Kelis style vocals” with her unique combination of rhyme and melody.

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