Duane Lee Holland Jr.
TitlesAssociate Professor of Dance
Duane Lee Holland Jr. joined the Conservatory in 2016 as the school's first-ever hip-hop instructor, and is an associate professor of dance.
Holland began his career as a gymnast on the Junior National Team. As a member of the team, he competed in the 1991 Junior Pan American Games, the 1993 and 1994 Portugal Invitational, the U.S. vs. Mexico dual, and the 1991 McDonald's International Mixed Pairs. He was also an official demonstrator for United States Association of Independent Gymnastics Clubs (USAIGC) clinics and for the U.S. President's Council of Physical Fitness.
Holland began his professional dance career at the age of 17, dancing for the first hip-hop theater dance company, Rennie Harris Puremovement (RHPM). While performing with RHPM, he also taught at MIT, Stanford University, Jacob's Pillow, University of Utah, UCLA, Monte Carlo Ballet Company, Pennsylvania Ballet Company, Philadanco, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, and Broadway Dance Center.
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 also 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 was installed as an adjunct faculty member of the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University in Philadelphia. In January 2008, he was honored to be named assistant artistic director for Rennie Harris Puremovement. In August 2009, he was installed as an adjunct faculty member of Ursinus College. Holland continues to conduct community outreach programs in the suburban Philadelphia area, as well as in conjunction with select universities across the nation.