Allegra Lillard

Dance Barns Instructor and Young Children’s Teacher Training

Allegra Lillard began dancing in her home state of Texas and attended Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Massachusetts. She received further training in New York City at The School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theater summer programs and in Canada at the Banff Centre. Dance has taken her throughout the U.S., Canada and Asia. In her professional career, she was featured in solo and principal roles in the Atlanta Ballet, Ballet British Columbia, Ballet Hawaii, Hawaii Ballet Theatre and the Oregon Ballet Theatre.     Allegra and her husband Mark Morgan moved to Santa Fe in 1996. From 1997-2004 she worked with NDI New Mexico in positions including Residency Director, Associate Artistic Director and Master Teacher. Allegra was the Founding Director and Operator of Dance for Joy, a dance school that offered creative movement and ballet for all levels from 2004-2011. In 2011 she returned to NDI New Mexico as The Dance Barns Artistic Director where she held that position until August 2018. Most recently she has written and published Dance for Joy! A Creative Movement Curriculum for Ages 3-5 Years. Allegra continues to teach and to share her experience and knowledge with those who work with children.