Meet Our Staff

Lisa Hooks Murray


A professional dancer and choreographer, Lisa Hooks Murray has been teaching dance for 35 years. She began dancing as a student of the legendary Phoebe Brantley, for whom the Dunham dance school is named.  In 1988, Lisa founded Baton Rouge’s first professional modern dance company, In the Company of Dancers. In 2013, she received the Prism Award, presented by Of Moving Colors dance company, for her years of outstanding service to the Baton Rouge dance community.  She was a soloist with The Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, and is a member of the Louisiana Artist Roster and has taught for the Greater Baton Rouge Arts Council. 

“My greatest reward is watching dancers grow as artists, helping them to feel more confident about themselves and to realize what they contribute as members of a larger community,” Murray said. “As Fine Arts Department Chair, I am blessed with an extraordinary faculty of artists, and we have a sound program on which to build and promote.”

For the past four years, Lisa has shared her creative gifts and talents with our Dunham students teaching classical ballet, modern and contemporary dance technique and dance history to Middle School students; teaching intermediate and Honors level classical ballet, modern and contemporary dance technique and dance history to Upper School students; and teaching ballet and tap to Pre-K through 4th grade students in our afterschool dance program.  She is committed to providing the best possible dance instruction available to dancers of all ages and abilities.

In 2014, Lisa was named Fine Arts Department Chair for The Dunham School.