Michelle Holland is passionate about dance and specializes in Latin Social Dancing. She teaches weekly group classes and is the Director of the ADP dance teams. With dance partners and on her own, she has choreographed over 50 dance routines and performed in 100’s of dance performances.
Michelle is a certified Salsa instructor through DVIDA also known as Dance Vision International Association. She has also been certified through Eddie The Salsa Freak, Professional Instructors Course which took place in Washington DC.
Michelle owns Alaska Dance Promotions. She has 11 years of teaching experience in her own licensed dance school. She has taught for the University of Anchorage, Alaska and the Anchorage School district. She started the Alaska Latin Dance Festival and the Alaska Salsa Festival and has hosted these for the last 9 years. Her energy and passion for dance is contagious.
Michelle has competed in the World Latin Dance Cup, the Hawaii Star Ballroom Competition, The Orange County Ballroom Competition, Dance Driven, Top of the World Dance and several other dance competition. She has also judged many local dance competitions.
Michelle has for several years been training off and on with Sergio Jasso of Jasso Dance Company. She has also been a part of several dance challenges including: Mambo with Santa Rico Dance Company at the New York Salsa Congress, Bachata with Andrea & Silvia from Italy, at the Las Vegas Salsa Congress, and Salsa with Christian Oviedo and Alien Ramerez at the San Francisco Salsa Congress.
Michelle has taught at many Dance Congresses and Festivals year after year, including:
Hawaii Salsa Congress, Honolulu, HI
Hawaii Latin Dance Festival< Honolulu, HI
Tuscon Dance Festival, Tuscon, AZ
Seattle Salsa Festival, Seattle, WA
Vancouver Latin Dance Festival, Vancouver, Canada
Las Vegas Dance Festival. Las Vegas, NV
LA Salsa Congress, Los Angeles, CA
Alaska Latin Dance Festival & the Alaska Salsa Festival, Anchorage, AK
Although Michelle has many years of experience in dance, she rarely brings up her accomplishments or qualifiers. Her belief is that people do not want to learn how to dance because of the instructors education, ethnicity or accomplishments. People want to learn from an instructor that makes learning fun, communicates well and loves it. Students will follow an instructor because they want to look and feel like that teacher and because they believe their teacher cares about their learning experience. Michelle loves teaching and dance and that passion radiates from her.
Instructor John Sales
Latin Dance Instructor John Sales was trained in dance at Alaska Dance Promotions. He took his exposure to dance to the next level but participating at Dance Congresses around the nation, advanced dancer and teacher training workshops. In 2016 he began teaching with Michelle Holland at congresses and at the Alaska Dance Promotions studio. Since then, he has been a consistent and excellent teacher.
Instructor Alberto Rodriquez
Instructor Alberto Rodriquez of Alaska Dance Promotions specializes in Salsa and Casino Rueda Salsa.
Instructor Diamond Chisholm
Instructor Diamond Chisholm of Alaska Dance Promotions, specializes in Kizomba dance.
Instructor Liz Walker
Liz Walker teaches and assists faithfully at Alaska Dance Promotions. She has been performing for over 8 years on multiple dance teams and has won numerous student of the year awards. She is known for her smooth follow and her clear instructions in group classes.
Instructor Louise Ferstl
Louise specializes in Mambo, also known as Salsa On2. She is also an amazing lady styling instructor and helps choreograph for the Caliente Ladies Dance Team.
Instructor Breanna Lauterbach
Instructor Breanna Lauterbach has been dancing for years as a performer and as a dance team coach. She specializes in shine choreography and stage presence. As an excellent dancer, she teaches clearly and with positive energy.