Liz Fanning Holdorf launched Great South Bay Dance in 2009, initiating an after-school dance instruction program at St. Martin of Tours School and a summer dance program at Amityville Village Beach. She initiated additional dance programs subsequently at the Town of Babylon’s Tanner Park in Copiague and at neighboring public libraries and private schools. She is certified by Dance Educators of America.
Her various programs grew and proved popular with dancers and their parents alike, prompting numerous requests for additional classes in a studio. In response, Ms. Fanning Holdorf and her longtime colleague and friend Diana Schubert opened Great South Bay Dance Center in Amityville in 2012, fulfilling a goal they shared for several years.Â
Ms. Fanning Holdorf was raised in Amityville, New York, where she attended St. Martin of Tours School. During her high school and college years, she worked summers at Amityville Village Beach as an instructor and then as supervisor of the sailing program.
Long after starting her dance lessons at age 4, Ms. Fanning Holdorf discovered the joy of hip hop and her calling as a dance instructor while attending Boston University, where she majored in anthropology and minored in business.