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Although Michael Whitmire was not born into Latin culture, he has embraced the rich music and spicy dances as if they are his own -- while developing many warm friendships along the way!  Also known as "Big10" and "the Dancing Lawyer," Michael has been social dancing for more than 20 years, and has spent much of his spare time since the year 2000 involved in learning, teaching, performing, and choreographing.  Michael believes that the joy of Latin dancing should be accessible to everyone, regardless of your ethnic background or the language you speak -- because dance itself is universal.  Michael truly enjoys spreading the knowledge he has gained, and one of his proudest honors was to be recognized with the award of "Salsa Ambassador" during the 2012 Houston Salsa Congress for his contributions to the dance community in and around Houston, Texas.  He is very comfortable with public speaking and has educated a wide variety of audiences on topics related to cultural diversity and Latin dancing -- many times in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month but also at other times of the year.

In addition to the lessons that help individuals feel more comfortable on the dance floor at a party or a nightclub, Michael has enjoyed assisting couples who are looking to make the "first dance" at their wedding a memorable occasion.  As a choreographer, Michael strives to create unique yet authentic presentations of Latin dancing for audiences.  Michael's creations have appeared onstage at California's Rueda Festival, Houston's prestigious Wortham Center, the Houston International Festival's center stage, the Puerto Rican & Cuban Festival's center stage, Discovery Green, the historic Talento Bilingue theater (for a live tribute to Celia Cruz), the George R. Brown Convention Center, NRG Stadium, the Texas Salsa Congress, the Houston Salsa Congress, multiple morning television shows, and various other venues in Texas.

Michael hopes that SALSA GRANDE can be the vehicle for bringing out the very best in your personal dancing abilities!  Please contact us for more information on how you can put the joy of Latin dancing into your life!


After many years of experience learning, teaching at other dance studios, and performing around the Houston Salsa community, Michael Whitmire founded SALSA GRANDE on October 29, 2012.  We provide students and clients with experienced and high-quality Latin dance presentations, conducted in a professional manner.  Most of the emphasis of our instruction is on social dancing skills, so that you can look your very best at your next party, wedding, club night with friends, or just a special evening with your significant other!  We understand that learning to dance can sometimes be intimidating, so we strive to make the process as fun as possible, and we specialize in making the dance moves easy to understand.

Services include Latin dance instruction focusing on:
>> Private Lessons for individuals, couples, or groups in Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Chachachá, and Rueda
>> Workshops in the "Rueda" format of Salsa dancing
>> Event Choreography (weddings, Quinceañeras, etc.)
>> Performances for Special Events
>> Speaking on topics related to diversity, Latin culture, and Hispanic heritage

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