Born in Newcastle, NSW, a student of Tessa Maunder, Lisa Pavane joined The Australian Ballet School in 1978 and The Australian Ballet in 1981. Lisa rose swiftly to Soloist in 1983 and Principal Artist in 1986. In 1994 Lisa joined English National Ballet as Senior Principal. Lisa has appeared internationally as guest artist, including with the Boston, Kirov and Birmingham Royal ballet companies.
Later, Lisa combined work in administration at ENB with further studies. Returning to Australia in 2001, Lisa freelanced and ran a Property Management business. In 2007 she joined The Australian Ballet School staff and in 2008 became the first graduate of the School's Vocational Graduate Certificate in Elite Ballet Instruction. In 2012 Lisa became Head of Student Training, was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and gained her Graduate Certificate in Professional Education and Training.
Lisa commenced her tenure as Director of The Australian Ballet School in 2015.