Duane Holland

Dancer; Hip-Hop Instructor at Boston Conservatory at Berklee
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Duane Lee Holland Jr. joined Boston Conservatory at Berklee in 2016 as the school's first-ever hip-hop instructor. He began his career as a gymnast on the Junior National Team, with whom he competed in competitions such as the 1991 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships and the 1991 McDonald's International Mixed Pairs Championship. He was also an official demonstrator for the United States Association of Independent Gymnastics Clubs (USAIGC) clinics and for the U.S. President's Council of Physical Fitness.

At 17, Holland began his professional dance career, dancing for the first hip-hop theater dance company, Rennie Harris Puremovement (RHPM). While performing with RHPM, he also taught at such institutions as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, University of Utah, and Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, among many others.

Holland has also had the privilege of working with esteemed choreographers Ronald K. Brown (Evidence), Garth Fagin (The Lion King, original Broadway cast), and Jeff Masted (A Few Good Men). He was assistant choreographer and assistant dance captain of Maurice Hines's Broadway production of Hot Feet. In addition, he was featured in Jerry Mitchell's 2006 Broadway Bares AIDS benefit, New York Strip.

In 2007, Holland became an adjunct faculty member at the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In January 2008, he was honored to be named assistant artistic director for RHPM. In August 2009, he became an adjunct faculty member at Ursinus College. He has conducted community outreach programs in the suburban Philadelphia area as well as in conjunction with select universities across the nation.