The Staff

Lena Cazeaux - Executive Director
Lizanne McAdams-Graham - Company Class Teacher
Peter Strand - Photographer

The industrious staff of Dawson|Wallace Dance Project are well-chosen. It's with great gratitude and thanks to them that Dawson|Wallace can operate.

Lena Cazeaux

Executive Director

S. Lena Cazeaux, President of Terrapin Resource Development, Inc., has worked in non-profit consulting and fundraising for over 20 years. Her responsibilities have ranged from the design of fundraising strategies, the establishment of new non-profits, tracking and database systems, grant writing techniques, corporate and foundation relations, annual funds, government proposals, stewardship, volunteer management, publications, direct mail, to all other aspects of development. Lena served for ten years in universities, including Arizona State University, Washington State University, and the Colorado School of Mines, and then for the last ten years, with a wide range of non-profit organizations in Colorado and around the country. She presents workshops, board development sessions, and training seminars in grant writing and fundraising — and thoroughly enjoys helping organizations reach their resource development goals.

Her educational background includes a bachelors degree from the University at Buffalo, New York, a masters degree from New York University in Manhattan, and additional post-graduate work at Arizona State and Washington State Universities, and Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her training is in archaeology, geology, environmental sociology, and depth psychology. Lena has a keen interest in the arts community in Colorado and has been affiliated with Dawson|Wallace for over ten years.


Lizanne McAdams-Graham

Company Class Teacher

Lizanne McAdams-Graham, has over 30 years experience as a professional dancer and instructor. She began training at the age of 3 under the direction of her late mother, Lorraine McAdams. She has an extensive history with her mother's company, the National Ballet of New Jersey. She was a scholarship student to Joffrey Ballet, Harkness House, Pennsylvania Ballet, and Craft of Choreography NARB workshops. She joined the National Ballet of Zagreb, in the former Yugoslavia at the age of 17 dancing principal and leading roles in Nutcracker, Coppelia, Giselle, Swan Lake, Serenade, Romeo & Juliet, Sleeping Beauty and Firebird, Graduation Ball, Carmina Burana, Bolero and Cinderella. She studied with Finus Yhung, David Howard, John Prince, Maria Vegh, Basil Thompson, Michael Smuin, Alonzo King, Maggie Black and Robert Blankshine, Kristina Elliot, Yehuda Maor, Loyce Holton, Robert Blankshine and Pavel Rotaru. Lizanne later became principal dancer with the renowned ODC/San Francisco, completing world tours including Russia, Southeast Asia, Hawaii, and Australia, along with Jacobs Pillow, Joyce Theater, City Center, Lincoln Center in NYC, and Kennedy Center in D.C. She has guest appeared for Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco Opera Ballet Companies in Faust, Die Fledermaus, La Traviata, Orfeo Ed Euridice, and Aida, and appeared on the PBS televised production of "Dance in America" and the major motion picture "The In Crowd."

Lizanne served on the faculty for Pittsburgh Ballet, Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, Point Park College, Carnegie-Mellon University, Drexel University, and San Francisco Institute of Dance. She set major ballets on Charleston Ballet, Ithaca Ballet and Walnut Hill. She retired from performing in 1997 and has since taught company class for Boulder Ballet, Cleo Parker Robinson, and Ballet Nouveau Colorado. She held classes at Colorado Ballet and currently teaches professional classes at Denver Dance Center. She is currently company teacher for Dawson|Wallace Dance Project and is the director and founder of the High Pointe Dance Academy, a professional children's school in Colorado.


Peter Strand


Peter has spent most of his life as a dancer in various companies around the United States including David Taylor Dance Theatre. He began his interest in photography while dancing on a cruise line overseas and over time it became the basis of his new career in Photography and Design. After receiving his associates in Multimedia Graphic Design he created his own business, PS Design Photography, and has done design and photography work for David Taylor Dance Theatre, David Taylor's Zikr Dance Ensemble, Ballet Ariel, New Mexico Dance Theatre, Colorado Youth Dance Ensemble, and Ormao Dance Company. He has also done significant work for Pikes Peak Community College, Crystal Peak Design, and Publishing Support.

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