Founder / Director
Liza Pollok has been dancing for 43 years, since the age of 5. She grew up in Australia and moved with her family to the States at age 18. Before founding Ballet Excelsior of Houston, Liza danced professionally with Ad deum Dance Company and other Houston-based companies for many years. Pollok has also studied extensively with RAD, CSTD , ISTD , SCB and ABT.
She has attained certifications from several dance institutes and most recently with the American Ballet Theater teaching program. Liza has been dancing professionally nationally and throughout the world for many years. Her commitment to artistic excellence has opened the door to many performances in Australia, South America, Mongolia, Poland, Russia, Czech Republic, China, Japan, Canada, Greece, Bulgaria and many other nations as well as many performance halls across the USA. Liza says, “I am so excited to continue this work and pour out our gifts into our community for this season of 2023.” As Co-owners of Excelsior School of Dance, Liza and mother, Sonja Staines, (founder of Excelsior School of Dance and Artistic Director of Ballet Excelsior), both consider it an honor to team together with a single goal in mind… to Carry His Name to the Nations. It is our calling and we couldn’t be more humbled and honored to follow His lead.