| ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
Lisa Holt has been teaching in the dance industry for over 25 years. She has been a head instructor, program curriculum developer and choreographer for NCA Danz, NCA collegiate program, and USA dance. She is a former captain of the NCA national award winning Navarro college Showstoppers dance team, former 5 year veteran of the Dallas Mavericks Dancers, she has danced professionally in numerous shows, and infomercials, including Mary Kay, Beauty Control, and Juice Plus.
She and her partner, Israel Peña developed and directed the ballroom dance program at Power House of Dance Dallas and Frisco for the past 9 years. Along with there program at the studio, they have taught numerous workshops, master classes, dance intensives, and given seminars to elementary, middle schools, high schools, and universities, including Booker T Washington HS, University of North Texas, TWU, and UTD.
Her love for dance branched out into ballroom about 13 years ago. She taught for the nationally renowned program called Dancing Classrooms, which is featured in the films, "Mad Hot Ballroom" and "Take the Lead".
She and her partner also compete professionally in the international Latin division and have competed all over the country and abroad. Their highlight to date was competing in London and at the Blackpool Dance Festival. She continues to train and study with award winning and world renown coaches, from all over the world, such as Shirley Ballas and Martin Lamb.
Israel Peña, with his partner Lisa Holt, is currently an International Latin Ballroom competitor and a teacher. Motown born and Texas raised, Israel is a graduate from the University of North Texas, where he discovered his passion and love for dance teaching salsa classes in college. Shortly after graduating he began teaching Ballroom at a small independent studio in Grapevine Texas. From there Israel and Lisa started there own Ballroom program at Power House of Dance in both Frisco and Dallas and dedicated himself to becoming an International Latin Competitor. Israel has since traveled and competed across the United States both with his partner and his students in all four ballroom genres. He has guest taught Master classes at Booker T. Washington, UTD, Texas Womens University, UNT, and numerous dance studios and public schools in the DFW metroplex. His biggest accomplishments include competing in both London and Blackpool at the Blackpool Dance festival, attending the World Dance Congress, and teaching children as a teaching artist for Dancing Classrooms. His most influential and continued inspiration come from being fortunate enough to work with, and continue to learn from, great coaches and world champion dancers including Martin Lamb, and Shirley Ballas. They have continued to influence his passion for knowledge in becoming a better dancer and teacher.