Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Lyssa Wopat began dancing at age four at EMC Performing Arts Studio in Pennsylvania. After graduating in 2013, Lyssa began studying at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) as a ballet major in the dance department under the direction of Susan Jaffe. While at the school, she also studied under Jared Redick, Jennet Zerbe, Laura Martin, Dayna Fox, Mikhail Tchoupakov, Nina Danilova, Fanchon Cordell, Frank Smith, and Susan McCullough. During her time at UNCSA, Lyssa performed roles in Paquita, Balanchine’s Raymonda Variations, the first regiment of Stars and Stripes, Donizetti Variations, Napoli, La Bayadere, Serenade, Les Sylphides, and as Flower, Snow Corps and Spanish in Ethan Stiefel’s The Nutcracker. Shortly after graduating from UNCSA in 2017 with a BFA in dance, Lyssa began dancing with The Georgia Ballet where she has performed the Prelude variation from Les Sylphides, 2nd Act of Swan Lake, La Fille Mal Gardée, Carmen, Haydn Concerto, as a “friend” in Sleepy Hollow, Iris Hensley’s Fantasy, Daet Rodriguez and Margit Peguero’s O Fortuna,and as Doll, Flower, Snow Corps and Mirliton in The Nutcracker. Lyssa is looking forward to beginning her third season with The Georgia Ballet this August.