Lisa Fusillo began her professional ballet training at the Washington School of Ballet in Washington, D.C. with Mary Day, Frederic Franklin, Oleg Tupine, and Edward Caton. Later, she studied in New York, London, Copenhagen and St. Petersburg (Russia). The Royal Ballet School in London awarded Fusillo with the Professional Teaching Diploma. Fusillo has performed, taught, and choreographed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Her choreography has been presented in London, Amsterdam, Paris, Innsbruck, Heidelberg, Taipei, Chiang-Mai ( Thailand), Tokyo and the United States. She also choreographed for and coached Yuan-Ting Chuang for the 1994 International Ballet Competition. Fusillo is a Fulbright Scholar and has been a visiting ballet mistress for CloudGate Dance Theatre in Taipei.
Other awards include a Gulbenkiafn/Cecchetti Award for performance and the Massine Award for choreography. She is a two-time recipient of the National College Choreographic Initiative Grant Award, which is a leadership project of the National Endowment for the Arts and Dance/USA. Fusillo has taught at the Royal Ballet School in London, Borken Ballet Academy in Germany, the Neuilly Ballet School in Paris, Payap University in Thailand and the National Institute of the Arts in Taiwan. Fusillo has been on the faculty at the Royal Ballet School, George Washington University, Skidmore College, Texas Christian University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the National Institute of the Arts in Taiwan. Fusillo holds a BS in Human Kinetics from George Washington University, and the MA in dance (choreography), and PhD in dance and related arts.