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Liz Lira Dance Academy & Boutique

Palms, California

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Liz Lira Dance Academy & Boutique

Palms, California

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Samantha M.

15 September 2019

Liz is AMAZING! She's fun, patient soooo talented and an all around incredible instructor. Highly recommended for any level!

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Nairi V.

15 September 2019

Liz is the best salsa teacher out there! I have been taking classes with her for years and no one breaks it down as well as she does! She truly breaks it down for you and I promise you will improve if you take her classes or join her salsa team! More...

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Ryan R.

15 September 2019

This studio make you feel like you are part of a dance family. Liz and Henry are awesome dance teachers!

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Allison W.

15 September 2019

Liz is a kind, detailed, patient, challenging, and beautiful salsa wizard! This woman is incredible and I am so grateful I found her studio! I have dropped into other studios and haven't found anywhere with the level of attention to technique, safety, and fun! More...

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Gregory P.

15 September 2019

Inspired my love for dance. Great teacher. Recommend her wholeheartedly.Taught me to be a better leader as well as better dancer.

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Misty S.

23 August 2019

I started taking classes with Liz about six weeks ago as a beginning salsa dancer. She is fantastic, as are the other teachers at the studio. Her enthusiasm, expertise, and clarity in explaining every step of every move is wonderful. I can't recommend her classes enough, and the prices are very reasonable. If you want a fun and engaging experience learning salsa or bachata, you will love the Liz Lira studio. More...

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Adriana L.

24 July 2019

I can't say enough wonderful things about Liz - she's a 25-time world champion in dance, but she never made me (a COMPLETE beginner) feel anything but supported and encouraged. She's a human ray of sunshine and such an incredible teacher - she fosters an atmosphere that I love to be in, and I'll continue coming here for years to come. More...

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Anya S.

2 July 2019

Liz Lira and her dance academy has literally transformed my life. Since coming in one day last year to try a beginners salsa class to doing her 8 week series and then auditioning for her team.  Liz and her team treats you like family from the very first moment you walk in the door and helps you be the very best dancer you want to be. Whether you want to come take class once a week or a few times a week - she teaches technique so you keep getting better!LLDA has given more more confidence, energy, and joy both on and off of the dance floor. I love Liz so much and will be grateful to her always. More...

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Jermaine Shockley

30 June 2019

Love this place, I started out with a 6 class pass and learned so much. I tried learning salsa from YouTube videos and didn't really get it, this place made it click. People come from all over to learn here, and everyone is so warm that it's a family atmosphere. Plus they do seasonal parties where you get to see liz, the other instructors and students perform and it blew me away. I'll be here for a while. More...

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Grace A.

27 June 2019

I have been going to the academy for a little over a year. I love it, they have taught me so much and I have grown so much as a dancer. Everyone is so welcoming and energetic. I absolutely love the shoes!!!!!!! Liz Lira has the best dance shoes true to size, and comfy to dance all night in. Liz Lira academy has so many amazing dancers and teachers and I am blessed to be part of it. More...

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Foodie F.

22 June 2019

Love Liz Lira and love her academy. Very good vibe and energy! They will make you feel right at home!

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Karen G.

12 June 2019

Liz is simply the best!  My husband and I have been taking lessons with her for about six months now.  She is an extremely gifted, talented dancer but is also an awesome instructor.  She is patient, kind and enthusiastic!  She is so great at breaking down each move and building confidence in us as her students.  So enjoy our time learning with her and learning to love dance together as a couple!  Has added a beautiful component to our life! More...

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Scott Roewe

6 May 2019

The best

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Shayla R.

2 April 2019

Absolutely love Liz and her dance academy. She is such an incredible person and knows how to work with students of all levels while helping them continue to progress. I definitely recommend her classes, private's with her are my fave as well! More...

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Lisa M.

6 March 2019

Liz Lira gives awesome classes.  She is a world class dancer in salsa, bachata, and other types of dancing.  I am so happy her studio is in our area.  Her advice on my dancing is short but very on point and effective.  She is always positive and teaches and encourages students with patience.  A champion dancer and great teacher!  A rare find! More...

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Chanel N.

5 March 2019

It's such an honor to be taught by Liz Lira because not only is she an amazing and established dancer but she is a great teacher as well. She is great at explaining and breaking down the moves so that it's super easy to understand. She also really cares about all of her students which is shown through how dedicated she is to teaching them and helping them grow. Additionally, Liz is an expert with ladies styling and has taught me so many different ways to style and it has made my dancing so much better and more fun! I feel like I have improved a lot thanks to her! :) More...

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HannaH L.

2 March 2019

My all-time favorite salsa studio! Liz is not only a fantastic dancer but also a great teacher. She always makes sure that everyone enjoys her lessons, and her instructions are super helpful. She is probably the best teacher you can find, and I highly recommend this place to dancers of any level. More...

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Laura M.

17 February 2019

I love this studio! I have been with Liz for 2 years now. Such a great community, friendly people, and great instruction. It's always scary going to a new place or starting a new hobby.  LLDA is unpretentious and for everybody!I have done privates with Liz, group classes and on the teams. All have been fantastic. Highly recommended More...

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Jason S.

13 February 2019

I started dancing at Liz Lira's Dance Academy about 3 weeks ago.  From then till now I have already experienced a tremendous amount of growth in my dancing ability and understanding.  It is really amazing.  I have wanted to get better at salsa dancing for a long time and have gone to different schools and I can honestly say that Liz's teaching ability is second to none.  She is a truly a gifted dancer and teacher who makes learning fun.  Liz really understands how to teach the fundamentals of partner dancing which I haven't found at any other school.  Most schools focus on teaching steps.  With Liz you do learn the steps but also the thinking and theory behind the movements which have really helped me to feel like I understand what makes one a really good dancer.  I couldn't be more thankful for finding this dance academy.  Liz is awesome, tons of fun and also super patient and encouraging.  The students here are also super nice and supportive.  It's really a great community.  Highly highly recommended dance classes.  This is the place to learn the art of partner dancing. More...

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Kelsey S.

10 January 2019

Just got a couple pairs of shoes from Liz Lira's line- absolutely gorgeous, and super comfy to dance in. Love the colors!!

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Heather R.

9 December 2018

Where and how do I start this review and do it justice? Liz Lira....aaaahhhh Liz Lira, my heart flutters just when I say her name or simply think of her. She might very well be an angel dancing on this earth! First, let's talk about the TALENT! Unsurpassed. Breath-taking! Finesse and it's finest! Moves like molasses. Lines, poise, and points of a prima ballerina. Spins like roulette table...spins like a microscopic sphere!!!! I could watch this woman dance the rest of my life and always be in awwwwwwweeeee! Mentor? Idol? Those are understatements. She's a goddess and a queen and I bow down!!!! World champion of the highest high. My eyes and heart can't get enough! The BEST DANCER, the MOST AMAZING TEACHER! For someone of her caliber to be so humble, kind, patient and motivating is EXTREMELY RARE! God definitely spent more time creating this one. Perfected. Finest art and soul in a human. Let's talk about her HEART! Not sure to laugh, not sure to cry (tears of joy of course). Her laugh and smile so infectious, you can never have a bad day when you're with Liz. Her heart so open and loving, I could just cry instantly at the thought of any thing that could ever cause her pain. She's a ray of light who shines so bright you'll know how blessed you just to know her. And the fact she's always looking for ways to give back and inspire others is just mesmerizing! When the spotlight should shine so brightly on her, she always shines the light on others. She brings out confidence in others that would otherwise never exist. She must have wings and a halo My journey with Liz has been a long one. One of almost 10 years. She changed my life and in many ways, she gave me life! My whole life changed for the better when I met Liz. In fact, with Liz, it's like you meet a whole world of great people. She cultivates and curates good people who gravitate towards her. She creates a family of not just dance and the love for it, but just love and lovely people that want to be around her. It's the most joyous experience and journey I've ever had in my life by simply knowing Liz. Liz Lira, you're one of a kind and I cherish you more than you know (but I sure hope you know)! I carry you with me in my heart every day! You. Are. Love Keep smiling, keep shining!!!! More...

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Noelle E.

27 November 2018

Liz Lira is an absolute pleasure to work with! I was in need of private classes to prep for an audition, and she was as positive as she was professional. Will definitely be returning! Overall great experience. More...

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Troy V.

7 November 2018

Great environment to learn everyone is friendly, and awesome, and talented instructors. You also get to learn from 12 time champion Liz Lira herself to become a well mannered confident person on and off the dance floor.  Highly recommended check it out!! More...

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Lori R.

5 November 2018

Liz is is confident, dresses elegantly and treats people with respect . Professional communication skills.Great listening skills.Incredible knowledge and passion for Dance Builds caring relationships with students I was taking dance lessons for a specific Birthday of mine.  ( That's it) ha!  Liz has reawakened my passion for dance and I plan to dance for the rest of my life Lastly , Liz is an incredibly talented dancer , Gorgeous and humble! More...

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James Allen Hanrahan

6 September 2018

I’ve been dancing salsa for 15 years and just recently started taking class classes with Liz Lira and she is by far the best instructor I’ve ever taken with. In a few classes she’s already dramatically improved my dancing after 15 years! she’s incredibly gifted and I highly recommend her! More...

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George Guillen

6 September 2018

Liz Liza is an extraordinary & legendary Los Angeles based World Champion Latin Dancer, choreographer, studio owner, entrepreneur, dance company director, author and coach. Liz has also been the choreographer for the television shows: Dancing with the Stars & So You Think you can Dance & has choreographed Hollywood stars in major motion pictures.I am truly blessed & privileged to have have met Liz--one of the friendliest, fun, kind hearted & skilled dancers you'll ever meet. Whether your goal is to learn dance (Salsa, Bachata, Tango, Cha Cha, Zouk, etc.), become a better social dancer, join one of Liz's dance teams, or become a professional--Liz is truly the person to contact. Liz is one of few instructors in Los Angeles that has the status of World Champion!! More...

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Justin Formanek

6 September 2018

An amazing instructor who wants you to succeed as a dancer! For any level dancer I suggest taking her class or a private lesson. Her ability to teach is amazing.

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Riikka Maria

5 September 2018

Great dancer and teacher..always a smile on her face and positive spirit.. I will never forget her laugh. Loved to be able to train in her group. Thank you Liz!

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Olga Vita

5 September 2018

Liz is an amazing dancer and teacher! Plus she reaaaally knows how to make the shoes functional, comfortable and sexy ❤

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Shelley Snyder

5 September 2018

Liz is absolutely the best Salsa teacher around. Her classes are informative and fun. She shows you how you should be doing Salsa!

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Anna Salsa

5 September 2018

Liz is a pure inspiration! She will encourage, challenge and make you laugh at the same time. You will LOVE dancing like never before! Don't miss a unique opportunity of attending her dance academy! More...

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Marisabel Pekkala

5 September 2018

Thank you Liz Lira ❤️
It was a nice experience to have you as a teacher of salsa! Liz Lira You are an inspiration! You have a nice heart and positive energy that is contagious :) God bless you!

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Lisa Piza

5 September 2018

Salsa is the best dance to work out release u stress, a very sensuality dance motivation and energy, dance with a passion to feel the music !!!!

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Erin Fall Haskell

5 September 2018

Liz is a shining star!!! Her positive attitude and dynamic training will have you dancing your way through life. Love, e

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Scott Roewe

5 September 2018

Some people dance for exercise, some people dance to meet other people, and then some people dance to change themselves, which helps to motivate others to change, which means your dancing changes the world. This is all available at the Liz Lira Dance Academy. More...

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Arlene Tannenbaum Utal

5 September 2018

LOVE LOVE THIS DANCE STUDIO!!!!!!!!!!!! Liz is amazing,

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Emily Frazier

5 September 2018

I love being a part of Liz Lira Dance Academy!! Everyone at the studio is always so friendly and will help you achieve your dance goals no matter how big or small. Liz and Paul could not be any sweeter and it's wonderful to learn from someone who is so talented and humble. More...

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Tysha Williams

5 September 2018

best in the West:-) Liz is spectacular and knows how to get women right. whether beginner or experienced. you always leave learning something new to add to your repertoire

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Lisa Levitt

5 September 2018

This Is such a wonderful place to learn dance. Liz sets the tone with her warm welcoming personality. She is committed to excellence and also makes the learning journey fun Having studied with Liz for several years, I notice improvements in my dance and enjoy the friendships in the LLDA community. Bonus that learning partner dance also made me more effective in other partnerships off the dance floor - in both personal and business contexts. More...

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Nishelle Walker

5 September 2018

Great teaching and good vibes! I love that LLDA is a place to learn and have fun too! I'm looking forward to taking private lessons with Liz in the future. She breaks down salsa to the basic building blocks and I love having the extra confidence starting from the fundamentals and up! Gotta have a good foundation in order to build something great! Thank you Liz and all of my team mates for pushing me to get better and better :) More...

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Sandie Morgan

5 September 2018

Liz is a fantastic teacher and human. She is patient her classes are fun and exciting

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Emmanuel Pacheco

5 September 2018

Liz Lira and her company is a very special situation where artistry and genuine caring for her students become one. As a dancer there is no other like Lady Liz, a true legend. As a teacher and mentor she is so knowledgeable and giving, always sharing her experiences and talent with anyone that approaches her. As a human being she is genuine and caring, a true friend and confident, always looking out for what's best for others.
Our kids Raymond and Jenalyn are world salsa champions and early on Liz paid special attention to them and guided them along their path. Thank you alway Liz for being yourself and helping so many dancers live their dreams.
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Justin Formanek

5 September 2018

An amazing dancer and good space! I'm lucky to be able to learn from her in LA

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Jason David

5 September 2018

Best Latin dance studio ever! Not just in all the the technique and many years of seasoned experience but the atmosphere, positive space, and the celebration of salsa and Latin dance!

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Alejandra Serrano

5 September 2018

I went to Liz Lira to a Social last night, invited by the Spectacular and fabulous talented Lucas Prat, Choreographer, dance instrctor performan ⭐️
Arrive earlier to take a class that was advertised as Kizomba but it really was a Bachata/Zouk fusion (sensual Bachata)
Since i did not get the class i really went for, i treat myself taking Lucas Int level Salsa LA Style class. What a fantastic class that was! Energetic, full of content for the short amount of time that a class lasts, Great way to practice the learned steps , moves and staylings tips intructed also by Liz, plenty or partner rotations full of fun. I really felt like i was dancing the whole time .
I liked Liz LIra dance academy, i❤️ Lucas Prat
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Paula Hidalgo

5 September 2018

Liz is an extraordinary teacher. She combines excellence in dancing --a level of technique that few have-- with a deep understanding of how humans learn, coupled with an incredible sense of humor and fun. She generously shares her expertise while she observes every movement to comment in the most positive way and help you learn. I always dreamed of having a dance teacher like her, and I am so happy to have met her. She is a rare find, for sure!! More...

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Carole Caves

5 September 2018

There is so much to say about Liz Lira, it’s difficult to know where to begin . She is one of the most beautiful souls I’ve ever met . It’s very rare to find someone as accomplished as she , with such a genuine spirit. If you have a dream to become a dancer, she will find out what your goals are and whatever that dream may be ,she will make sure that she keeps pushing you to the next level till you get there, and beyond. If you are looking for a dance mentor I feel you don’t need to look further, Liz Lira will teach you how to be a team player, remain humble, how to handle humility , think independently, responsibility , strength in character , compassionate to others , always lifts you and never judges you , gives you the confidence to keep going, believes in you even though at times you don’t believe in yourself . That’s what keeps me going! She is a great mentor and friend. I could go on and on. She is so much more than words can express. I love you Liz! Thank you for making my dream come true . More...

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Justin F.

20 August 2018

This is amazing for dance!!  I love being able to go to the latin classes.  Liz is such an amazing instructor and really breaks down what the steps are and helps push you to learn more!

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Rejoy G.

30 June 2018

My favorite place to take dance classes! Liz Lira is not only an amazing teacher she has a heart of gold and she has created a family vibe in her studio. Good stuff!!!

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Anita A.

29 June 2018

This review is for Ruxanda C. We had the pleasure to work with her for our wedding dance and we highly recommend her. She is very talented and creative. She created a beautiful choreography for our wedding song and coached us through every step. She also has a very pleasant personality and makes it very joyful to work with her. She is Amazing :) More...

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Ruxanda C.

27 June 2018

I am Ruxanda Calistru, one the teachers at Liz Lira's Dance Academy. First of all when I have met Liz 3 years ago, I was pleasantly impressed with her amazing, beautiful energy. As a fellow dancer, I find her very creative, professional and always on top of her game. Her dance career and her dance studio are her priorities, and she dedicates her precious time to her passion, which is dance. An extraordinary, devoted, talented, disciplined,splendid dancer, that has won multiple World Champion titles.. Besides being a wonderful performer, she is an impeccable dance instructor. I enjoy working with her and her other stuff members! The dance studio has a great environment and I recommend it for anyone that wants to start taking dance classes! More...

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GLORIA B

6 June 2018

it has been a lovely experience with Liz and also other instructors from Liz Lira dance academy. Everyone is caring, nice and just like a family. There are also outside activities for students and instructor to social~ love this place, and all people I met here. More...

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Lisa Rosenberg

6 June 2018

Great neighborhood dance studio! Professional, warm teachers and staff!

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Sim G

6 June 2018

Liz Lira is a world champion salsa dancer! Can you find anyone better to teach you? I don't think so! She is also an amazing teacher. I have taken numerous classes from her, her patience is limitless! There are performance teams you can join, and set a goal and perform! Can it get any more fun than this Her personality is fun and energetic which makes classes so much more fun. Definitely the one of the best places to start learning how to dance in LA! More...

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Jason David

6 June 2018

First and foremost, Liz is an amazing human being and nothing but positive, expressive and creative supportive energy! Her academy is like Latin dance clear sacred space! I grew up dancing freely in my hometown to the Latin sounds of Salsa, Merengue, Plena, bomba, ect...consistently playing in the background. So it was common to dance on the street or in the home. But I've always wanted to learn beyond the feeling expand into patterns, steps, and technique. Liz Lira as a teacher is all the above. She dances with passion and expression and she has helped me and continues to help me speak the language of Salsa better! Thanks Liz! I always have a great time at her studio! More...

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Reef Karim

6 June 2018

Liz Lira is a very talented artist, dancer and instructor not just because she has so much experience and accomplishments in Latin dance (and other types) but because she is a visionary who has developed a unique and comprehensive method of how to teach Latin dance to be used socially, in competition or shows. She's patient, kind, positive, technical and understands body mechanics, body awareness and partner connection. More...

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Nishelle Walker

6 June 2018

I recommend Liz Lira and her dance academy to all of my friends in the Los Angeles area! I love to dance and Liz has helped me increase my love and appreciation by giving me tools to grow as both a dancer and performer! I love her boutique style studio - it feels like a home base the moment you walk in! Her and her instructors are warm, welcoming and great teachers! Thank you LLDA! ps. very excited to be a part of one of her performance teams!!! More...

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Karen Diaz

6 June 2018

Amazing Studio!!!Liz is simple a genius in her field. She truly cares about her student, ensure every effort is taken to make you feel comforatable, welcomed, and taken care of. Her studio in a cute shopping center, I love getting pizza next door also! She has bright colors, complimentary tea and coffee, and even valet service. So awesome!!The dance classes are well taught, she i always welcoming, engaging, excited, and an absolute joy. I highly recommend that you check out a class and join as a monthly member. Great for newbies and seasoned dancers! More...

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John W.

1 April 2018

*Apr. 2018 Update*I've been at the Dance Academy for about 3 months now learning Michi's beginner bachata class. My goal has been to get better at social dancing with bachata and although I personally still have a ways to go before being as good as the pros, I've learned lots already that I've applied while social dancing. Michi is a terrific instructor who teaches both steps and partner dancing + the students there have been super positive/friendly which is always a plus.Definitely recommended plus there's lots of other classes taught here as well such as salsa that I've heard great things about! More...

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Nick S.

21 March 2018

Working with Liz is so much fun. She just beams positive energy and knows how to introduce new movements and techniques to keep students challenged but not overwhelmed. I highly recommend any of the classes that Liz teaches or endorses. It's very clear she takes choosing instructors seriously.Dance shoes or experience not required. There's plenty of parking in the plaza. If that lot's full, there's overflow parking in the back. And on top of all of that, there's a Koji Taco place just downstairs to celebrate! More...

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E T.

1 March 2018

I started getting into Salsa about a year ago and I recently found out about Liz Lira and her studio. A friend of mine who had been taking her classes one day told me "hey! Let's go to this salsa class around the corner. It's super fun!" I had no idea he was taking me to a Liz Lira class!!!! I didn't even have dance shoes with me. We got to the class and I saw some crazy amazing moves going on and in my head I was like "ummm yeah... where is the beginner class!?" However, Liz Lira quickly welcomed us and made us feel so comfortable that by the end of the class i was wondering why I hadn't found out about her classes earlier!!!!!! I was amazed at how friendly,  welcoming, helpful, patient, articulate, knowledgeable Liz is!  Not to mention how great of a dancer she is!!A week ago I also got shoes from her collection and let me tell you... OMG! I haven't tried on shoes that are more comfortable than Liz'. I feel like I am dancing on pillows! They are also very pretty! But most importantly, they don't hurt the bottom of my feet after a few hours of dancing. I can just keep going until the club closes and no pain afterwards! In summary, I've had nothing but fun with Liz Lira and I can't wait until next class! Thank you for everything Liz,Esmeralda More...

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Chris A.

29 November 2017

literally walked into this place for one of their simple $10 weekend workshops, which float around from time to time.before I knew it, it somehow became a second home.  Literally, I'm there like 3-4 times a week if I'm not off on a gig.  I'm living off of their unlimited class pass at the moment which ranges in price starting at 90 and peeks around 150, but worth it if you go as much as I do or if you really want to take some of these dances seriously.  My go to is salsa and bachata.  (And Kizomba/Zouk! when they had it!) But they offer different stuff like Swing, Tango, and even Martial Arts.I tend to personally describe Salsa as sharp and Bachata as smooth.  But I love both, two different feelings I cant get enough of.It's Always good vibes there.  The diversity is beautiful.  And the techniques are very detailed by the lovely Liz. More...

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Michael J.

28 November 2017

Liz is known as one of the Top Salsa Dancers in the Dance World. She has now put that same energy and focus into creating a very unique Dance studio .Her studio is a friendly & Fun place to learn . The regular students are also Fun & Friendly .All the Teachers are great , have no attitude and will give you the personal attention you need.I recommend her unlimited class special that's such a great deal and will get you on the path to be a solid Dancer.Salsa Dancing will add so much fun to your life. More...

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Melissa F.

29 September 2017

Love my lessons with Liz Lira! I first met her at a club, was watching her dance, amazing, and then was thrilled to find out she was an instructor. I feel so fortunate to get such great technical instruction, from someone who is able to break things down so well for me.She is very accommodating and willing  to personalize the lessons to meet your goals. She always smiles and laughs which makes the lessons fun. She takes an interest in you as a person and is committed to the profession of dance. I just read some of the other reviews on this site, and she is everything that everyone says! How lucky are all of us! More...

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Karen D.

13 September 2017

Amazing Studio!!!Liz is simple a genius in her field. She truly cares about her student, ensure every effort is taken to make you feel comforatable, welcomed, and taken care of. Her studio in a cute shopping center, I love getting pizza next door also! She has bright colors, complimentary tea and coffee, and even valet service. So awesome!!The dance classes are well taught, she i always welcoming, engaging, excited, and an absolute joy. I highly recommend that you check out a class and join as a monthly member. Great for newbies and seasoned dancers! More...

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Julie P.

17 August 2017

Liz is amazing, patient, gracious, and seemingly perfect in her technical skills and abilities to teach them. I learned so much in her four hour Boot camp, taught in Palm Springs in August 2017. She is an excellent teacher, coach, and mentor. I will be back for more courses!...I purchased new dance shoes from her... The most comfortable shoes off the five pair I've owned! When a dancer designs dance shoes, an amazing product can be made! More...

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Andrew W.

15 August 2017

A serious dance studio. The teacher is a strict tiger mom: exacting and demanding, however she is also gentle. Great for salsa. Pays attention to your footwork and hand positioning much more than other places. Around 5-10 couples show up in this small space on Friday nights. More...

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S G.

12 June 2017

Liz Lira is a world champion salsa dancer! Can you find anyone better to teach you? I don't think so! She is also an amazing teacher. I have taken numerous classes from her, her patience is limitless! There are performance teams you can join, and set a goal and perform! Can it get any more fun than this Her personality is fun and energetic which makes classes so much more fun.  Definitely the one of the best places to start learning how to dance in LA! More...

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Paul Durkin

6 June 2017

Liz Lira Dance Academy is the hottest place in town to learn Salsa and Latin dance from the best while having fun in a stress free and community centric environment. I have met so many awesome friends through the studio and we go dancing every weekend after group classes. This studio is life changing and you won't find a better professional than the beautiful and talented Liz Lira!The group classes are so much fun, I was initially afraid to join because I have never tried dancing Salsa before but Liz has classes for students of all levels. More...

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Kristina S.

2 June 2017

Liz Lira is one of the top salsa and bachata dancers in LA, 25-time (!!!) world champion, her technic is impecable. If you goal is to get a solid dancing foundation and get inspired by her amazing energy, her academy is the number one place to go! One of the unique advantages Liz possess is a significant exposure to different dances in addition to salsa and bachata, such as rumba, chacha and tango. This dancing mix skill set she has creates a unique salsa/ bachata dancing style which makes her stand out among all the top dancers I ever seen. Moreover, she is the best for lady's technic and styling. For example, I learned how to do tornado, which seemed impossible at the beginning, within a couple of privates. That's fantastic! More...

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Mich Y.

5 February 2017

Where do I start? Like Antonio said, she is a big deal being a X-time world champion. When you work with her in person, you will see that she is very personable and down-to-earth. She is very passionate about what she does and her positive energy makes her lessons all the more enjoyable. Being someone who has been injured in the past, I like that she emphasizes good fundamentals as well as injury prevention. She is amazingly observant. She can spot things you are doing incorrectly and find constructive or sometimes creative ways (hehe Liz, you know what I am talking about) for you to fix them. I highly recommend her salsa classes to everyone including beginners to advance students. Her studio is situated in a square that has parking in the front and back, street parking and the best of all free valet parking. Can't beat that :) More...

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Carole C.

3 February 2017

Liz has been such an inspiration to me. I feel that having a mentor that is patient, positive, humble, and non-judge mental is so important. I feel so grateful to have a world champion like Liz LIRA . I feel confident that she will take me to the next level in my dancing journey. More...

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LeeLee L.

26 January 2017

It has been wonderful to learn dance from Liz Lira and be part of her community. In 2014 I met Liz and immediately realized that her style of teaching could really bring me further... I am a lifelong dancer who loves many forms of dance... starting with ballet thru modern, jazz, improv, belly dance, swing, tango and of course salsa. Just mentioning because thru the decades I have studied with many teachers. Liz really stands out for her wonderful talent and personality! She is rigorous but supportive. Don't be intimidated - despite winning dozens of world championships, Liz is very approachable and doesn't take herself too seriously, Group lessons are fun with a supportive no-blame environment. Private lessons have been transformational, like rocket boosters that helped me to improve so much faster! In 2016 I focused salsa where I regularly took weekly lessons. I completed three rounds of Liz's training teams, progressing throughout the year. By now I have taken several hundred hours with her and it has been SO worth it! My dancing is way better and I can keep up with advanced partners when I go out social dancing.  I've met fellow students who are such interesting and fun people. Added bonuses that have come from my salsa journey: My posture has improved through better muscle tone and body awareness. Learning from Liz also has enhanced my interactions with people outside of dance, since now I understand being a better partner in both my personal life and business.By the way after you purchase private lessons, you can attend alone or bring a friend to partner. Dancing with Liz let her understand my strengths and weaknesses so much better. She gave such helpful feedback in a way that the guys I usually partner with could not put into words. More...

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Joanne C.

23 January 2017

Liz is an extremely talented dancer and instructor!! She also has a super friendly, down to earth and bubbly personality which shine through in her classes. I have been dancing for a while now, in several different cities and studios. I love her style of dancing, she is truly amazing. You can youtube her to see it for yourself. She is very patient and breaks moves down for students of all levels. When you walk into her studio, you feel welcomed. Her professionalism, positivity, and awesomeness carry from beginning to end of class, not to mention her choreography is fantastic. Liz is also super organized and her classes are well thought out. She often writes notes out on a board for her students, she is very methodical but at the same time creative and fun. She is just a wonderful and great teacher and person. I highly recommend! More...

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Amanda Sofie R.

18 January 2017

Amazing dancer and teacher! She focuses on the details that make a difference when dancing. Very fun classes.

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Marcy H.

16 January 2017

Liz Lira's stretch fusion class is amazing! Definitely a must for all the ladies! She is very detailed and incredibly sweet! You will love her!

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Anthony G.

11 January 2017

My New Years resolution was to spend more time on the dance floor and finally learn salsa and bachata. 9 days into the new year, Liz Lira is helping me accomplish this ;)Her enthusiasm is contagious. Passionate about dancing and truly cares for her students to learn the proper technique. If you're shy or not a natural dancer, don't worry! She slows it down for you so you can follow closely.Parking is free, tons of classes. pricing is the best in town, and she offers classes in series format that focus on progression and ultimately getting you comfortable holding your own on the dance floor.Bailamos! More...

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Emily F.

11 January 2017

Liz is wonderful! She is not only an amazingly talented dancer, but a rock star of a teacher too! She takes the time to know each of her students as a dancer and a human being and helps you to discover and reach your goals. The studio feels like home and everyone there like family. Great place for any level of experience. More...

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Elenie O.

19 December 2016

I went to my first salsa class with Liz Lira and was swept away by her contagious enthusiasm, dance mastery, and unconditional positivity. I had a meeting with her a few days after, and though I was an absolute beginner to salsa, she invited me to join her training team. It was one of the best decisions of my life! In less than a year, I have witnessed firsthand how her steadfast belief in the potential of each and every student inspires all.  She transformed a group of novice salsa dancers into a team fit to perform a professional routine and hold our own on any social dance floor. We are but one of her many classes and teams. Come to any of her academy's social events and you will see that she has not just taught students to be great dancers; she has built a diverse community of caring, connected people who support each other and have a terrific time in the process.  I recommend her without reservation! It's rare to meet a champion dancer with a matching talent for teaching and community building. She exudes kindness and commitment to people of all ages and levels. More...

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Adrian M.

28 October 2016

I met Liz at the 2013 LA Salsa Open.  Despite being a bit under the weather, at the time, she was kind, and helpful, as she coordinated my registration, for the Rising Star Competition.  I ran into Liz, a few times, after the LA Open.  On every occasion, I noticed how she radiated with positive energy, and enthusiasm!!  I don't think I've ever met anyone, so consistently filled with happiness!!I later, asked Liz to work on a performance routine, with me.  She enthusiastically agreed to!!  Woo hoo!!  I now, train and perform, with arguably, the world's most talented, and most accomplished, female Salsa dancer/instructor/performer/choreographer!!If you've never met Liz, I highly encourage you to take a class from her, or book a private lesson with her.  Her expertise, talent, and passion, will no doubt, win you over!!  She's the best!!!  See for yourself!!!  :-) More...

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Michael R.

17 July 2016

Liz is absolutely the best salsa instructor I have ever had. I have had lessons where I was taught to mimic moves but never had anyone broken down the parts of various moves. Liz teaches the art of dance, leaving me and other students thrilled to benefit from her instruction wanting more. She also has attention to detail such as how and where to place hands on partners as well as styling details. She also has a wonderful positive energy and is kind and patient for those of us who sometimes need additional help. She is not only a world class dancer but a world class instructor and trainer. You will be thankful for choosing Liz. More...

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Robert W.

15 May 2016

Liz's dance teaching skills are outstanding.  Beginners, intermediate and advanced dancers will all benefit from her insightful guidance and advice.I wish I had gone through the Liz Lira training team program when I began dancing.  Liz quickly and clearly isolated significant areas of improvement for me.  She quickly identified the bad dancing habits I developed over time and corrected them.  She shared insights and guidelines that have already helped me to better listen to my dance partner and develop a clearer, consistent and more stylish lead.  As a consequence, my dancing experience has become even more enjoyable. More...

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Nishelle W.

9 May 2016

There are numerous reasons why I am glad to be learning salsa from Liz Lira. She makes herself available and is well organized. Her enthusiasm and bright energy paired with her immense knowledge for dance makes for a very effective learning experience. I feel that when I am learning with Liz, she misses nothing and her ability to articulate instruction is outstanding! As someone who wants to learn more and grow in Salsa, I really appreciate that she gave the time to consult with me and ask me my goals to help identify the path to achieving them. Currently I am on one of her dance teams (Ladies Performance Styling team) and I am enjoying it immensely! She has shared her training, vision and energy through out the entire process and has done a great job of making it a great team experience. Not to mention, my team mates are lovely talented women!!! Finally, I must mention her shoe collection! Liz Lira has a number of apparel items including dance costumes, t-shirts and my favorite..the Salsa Shoes! I recently bought a gorgeous pair of 4" salsa heels oozing with beautiful rhinestones! They fit great and i absolutely LOVE THEM!!!Thanks Liz!Nishelle More...

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Lindsay B.

6 May 2016

I love Liz Lira Dance Academy! As a dancer and instructor myself I have worked with many dance professionals. However, since the first lesson I took from Liz I knew she was going to be someone who had a huge influenced my dancing. She is by far the best in her genre, and not only extremely knowledgeable in her craft, but her energy, down to earth personality, and passion for dance are a package deal! Her method of teaching is so detailed and focuses highly on proper technique, I never leave a training session without feeling like I have improved drastically. I look up to Liz as a role model teacher and dancer, and highly suggest her to anyone at any level wanting to learn or better their salsa or Latin dance! More...

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H. B.

5 May 2016

I love Liz Lira Dance Academy! Liz is one of the top salsa dancers in the world, yet she is humble and kind. Not all great dancers are great teachers, but she is both. I so appreciate her attention to proper technique and detailed styling, as well as her friendly and outgoing personality. You will learn so much from her AND have fun doing it! More...

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Anne O.

12 August 2015

Liz Lira is the best salsa dance teacher in CA!! If you are anywhere near this studio, you MUST take classes with her.  She is a true artist and a class act!

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Scott R.

29 May 2015

Taking a lesson from Liz Lira is giving yourself a gift that you will be able to carry with you for the rest of your life. While you can read a book or watch a video to learn a dance move, the only way to learn the feeling of dance is through dancing with another person. As I am a music teacher myself, the same applies to learning to play music, you need to play music with others to learn the feeling. When you have the feeling you connect with others in a way that words cannot express. While some may be fortunate to come from a dancing family, I did not come from a dance family, but Liz embraced me into her dance family. The world becomes a better place every time another person starts dancing. Take a lesson from Liz and start dancing today! More...

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Ems H.

8 May 2015

Liz Lira is a great salsa instructor.  She is good at teaching technical foundations and styling, and there is a lot of dancing in her classes.  Her bachata classes and salsa/bachata/tango performance teams are also fun. More...

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Alicia E.

4 January 2015

I took a Ladies Styling workshop with Liz and it was exactly what I was searching for. I've taken a few salsa classes here and there since I first started to learn how to dance a few years ago, but once I started performing with a dance team and saw the videos I realized that I really needed to work on basic techniques such as posture if I really wanted to be able to fully enjoy and express the feeling of the music while performing and social dancing. Liz is a complete expert at this and I only wish that I had found her sooner. Best of all, she teaches technique in such a fun way that I never got bored in the 3 hours that I spent in the workshop. I look forward to learning more from her in the future and highly recommend taking a class with her whether you are just starting out or just seeking to improve your overall dance skills. More...

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