Founder + CEO
Liz's mission is use the power of Latin Dance to transform lives on and off the Dance Floor! Liz Lira is 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. 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.
Liz Lira Dance Academy is proud to host some of the best teachers in Los Angeles in styles including Salsa, Bachata, Burlesque, Zouk, and Urban Kiz
Salsa + Bachata
Zweli Barton is a Los Angeles based world champion dancer, professional choreographer, dance instructor and dance coach. He specializes in salsa and bachata, is crosstrained in a multitude of other styles and seeks to build a greater sense of community via dance. He eagerly wants to provide opportunities for individual growth both as a dancer and as a person. He can't wait to share his knowledge and learn from each and every student.
Ruxanda started dancing when she was 6 years old. She started in ballet, ballroom, and hip-hop. Later on, she dove into the salsa scene. She was a national champion twice back home in Moldova and represented her country in festivals and dance competitions in over 40 countries around the world. In the USA, Ruxanda worked on projects with choreographers from Dancing With the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, and World of Dance.
Salsa + Burlesque
Devon Katrina is a Latin dance star and singer-songwriter. She has studied dance around the world for the past 15 years. Her love of Afro-Latin dance and music exemplified her unique style of dance fusion. She has danced in music videos for esteemed artists such as: CNCO, Jon Z, Pee Wee (from Cumbia Kings) Happy Singh, and Midnight sister. Devon traveled to Toronto, Canada with her partner Orlan Mat to perform their Kizomba/Zouk fusion choreography, and she premiered her debut single Gitana, at the Toronto Bachata, Kizomba, Salsa, festival. As an all-around musician Devon uses her unique ear to write and perform her fusion of Afro-Latin music from around the world.
A forever student of dance and a lover of Latin music & rhythms, Gregory started his journey with LA-style on1 salsa. With his unique methodical approach, he’s able to breakdown techniques & patterns into an easy-to-follow digestible format every Saturday at 1pm.