Lisa Skaf



University of Texas at El Paso: Nursing


Lisa was born in El Paso, TX and fell in love with ballet when she was 4 years old when her mother took her to see “Pulcinella”. She was deeply involved with ballet through her childhood and teen years- being awarded positions in various programs throughout the nation. Despite her success, her parents discouraged her from pursuing ballet and because of this she obtained a degree in nursing from UTEP.

In 2006 El Paso no longer had a ballet company and Skaf opened her own, the El Paso City Ballet (EPCB). Being her first time in an administrative position in a ballet company she wrote to her idol Edward Villella seeking guidance for creating and running this company. She attended a lecture by Villella and shortly after became friends. They remain in contact to this day and he is still an adviser to the EPCB.