Liz Lira

Liz's mission is use the power of Latin Dance to transform lives on and off the Dance Floor!


Liz Lira, a 25-time World Champion Latin Dancer, award-winning choreographer, Grammy’s featured artist, empowerment coach, and inspirational speaker, who's transformed millions of lives on and off the dance floor. She is also the author of the #1 Amazon best-selling book, The Life-Changing Power of Latin Dance.

Liz isn't only a champion, but a pioneer in the Latin Dance industry. She holds multiple World, European, and National championships, is a celebrity choreographer for Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, and multiple Hollywood feature films. She's a recognizable personality on television and film, making appearances all over the world. 


What really sets Liz apart is her Liz Lira Method; an integrative and unique dance training program and process that combines Latin styling, ballet and partnering dance technique with spirituality, connection, and empowerment. 


Dance saved Liz's life and her mission is to give back and share the power and beauty of dance to as many people as possible with her teachings. Her motto is “Live, Love, Dance”!


The Liz Lira Method is an integration of multiple dance styles combined with inspirational messaging, fitness, and stress reduction techniques. Admired by many for her warm and bubbly personality and exceptional dance and teaching skills, she’s become a mentor and favorite amongst dance students and professionals all over the world.  Liz instills confidence, connection and positivity in all of her students; whether it’s live teaching at her Liz Lira Academy in Los Angeles, in her new online dance series, or leading workshops and events on the power of femininity and leadership through dance. She is truly a pioneer in the Latin dance world and an ongoing inspiration and trendsetter in her integration of dance and personal transformation.  

Japan's beautiful talented Michi Matsukura is a resident instructor at Liz Lira Dance Academy. She teaches beginner & Intermediate Salsa & Bachata classes at the Academy. Michi is a certified salsa instructor by Liz Lira Dance Academy. 

Her beginner & intermediate salsa classes are taught to follow the Liz Lira method, focusing on technicality and developing proper body movement in dance. Her technique, patience, and fun energy provide our our students with knowledge and basic instruction to start dancing salsa like never before. 

Michi is also certified Cha Cha, Rumba, Mambo, Merengue, Samba, and West Coast Swing teacher. She is available to teach private lessons in any of those genres of dance to our students. 

Michi is a fan favorite at Liz Lira Dance Academy. Beloved by her students, she is passionate about teaching and delivering her ultimate best instruction to keep our students coming back every week. Michi's passion for dance and uplifting spirit is why Liz Lira Dance Academy is proud to have her as an instructor. Her dedication towards growing as an instructor and charisma are why her students adore her. Michi was awarded the top teacher by Liz Lira Dance Academy in 2017. 


Michi’s certifications: 


Salsa by DVIDA International Dance Association, Liz Lira Dance Academy & Alien Ramirez Dance Academy 


Bachata by Alien Ramirez( Bachata world champion) Dance Academy 


International Cha Cha & Rumba by DVIDA International Dance Association 


Mambo, Merengue, Samba & West Coast Swing by Ballroom Dance Academy in Los Angeles 

Juan Pablo Santana


JP was born in the beautiful city of Manizales, Colombia. At the early age of 13 he started his career in various sports activities such as Aerobic Sport and modern Dance. His professional career began at age 16 when he won major awards at national and international level disputing 6 national and 2 international titles.


He was the director and choreographer of the Dance Power Academy who won four straight national championships which was followed by their participation in the World Championships 2004, organized by the ANAC (Association of National Aerobic Championships)


JP Santana is a former educator of Zumba Fitness who was titled as Master Trainer. He certified more than 3,500 instructors across the United States and Mexico.


His passion for fitness lead to his appearance in various media sources such as: New York Times, Shape Magazine, Fox, KTLA, NBC, ABC, MSN, Univision, Telemundo, Caracol TV, Azteca America, FIT TV, and La W Radio Network among others.  

Liz Lira Dance Academy Instructors!

Justin, Laura, Liz, Henry, Michi, & JP.

Contact Us

3500 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034, USA

(818) 929-5472


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