Our Team

Michele's Dance Academy's instructors are highly-trained, experienced and dedicated to the success of your dancer!

Kevin Self

Owner, Instructor

A former professional dancer, Mr. Self studied dance while growing up in Las Cruces, as a Harkness receipient in Dallas, in summer programs in Italy, and throughout high school and college at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.   He danced with Agnes deMille's Heritage Dance Company, North Carolina Dance Theatre and American Ballet Theatre, performing at New York's Metropolitan Opera House.  Upon retiring from his distinguished dance career, Mr. Self returned to Las Cruces, where he attained an additional degree from NMSU and a new career as a real estate broker and appraiser. 

Mr. Self continues his late wife's (Michele Self) legacy as Owner and Director of Michele's Dance Academy.  His contributions to the world of dance include teaching, choreographing, performing in Las Cruces Chamber Ballet productions.   He was a recipient of the 2001 Dona Ana Art Council's Community Arts Award and he was also a choreographer for the world premiere opera "Sara McKinnon", with music by Randall Shinn and libretto by Mark Medoff.    Mr. Self was also a featured teacher in the Spotlight Section of "Dance Studio Life" in December, 2010.            


Laura Self


Laura grew up dancing, studying under Katherine Clark in El Paso, Texas and also performed for the USO as a member of the El Paso Dance Company.   She graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with two degrees, one in Theatre Arts with an Acting Emphasis, and the other in Computer Science.   She danced througout college with the Riverside Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet.    She has performed with the Las Cruces Chamber Ballet in many "Nutcracker" productions, and also in "Ghost Stories of the Southwest" as La Llarona.   She also continuously attends dance seminars and workshops to perfect her craft, and is proud to have brought her musical theatre background to Michele's Dance Academy, both in classes and with the Academy's performing musical theatre group "Showstoppers".


Charlene Manning

Charlene Manning


"Miss Charlie Ann" has been an instructor at Michele's Dance Academy for over 30 years.   She continuously attends dance teacher summits and seminars to perfect her craft and is a gifted teacher, choreographer and ballet mistress for the Las Cruces Chamber Ballet.   She has performed in numerous productions, including:   Coppelia, Swan Lake, Rodeo, Dance Kaleidoscope, Sleeping Beauty, Spotlight on Dance, Still Kickin' in addition to many Nutcracker performances.


Joshua L. Peugh


is the Founder and Artistic Director of Dark Circles Contemporary Dance and Co-founder of Fair Assembly. A graduate of Southern Methodist University and an alumnus of Universal Ballet (under the direction of Oleg Vinogradov), he has created work for festivals in Asia, Europe, and North America, winning awards for his choreography in South Korea, Japan, Canada, and the USA. He was the recipient of the Grand Prize at the McCallum Theatre's 18th Annual Choreography Festival and was chosen as one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch." Joshua served as choreographer for legendary soprano Kathleen Battle’s concert "Underground Railroad - A Spritual Journey" and was the 2018 recipient of the Natalie Skelton Award for Artistic Excellence. He has created over 40 new works for BalletX, Ballet Memphis, The Big Muddy Dance Company, BODYTRAFFIC, Bruce Wood Dance Project, Company E, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Dance Lab NY, DanceWorks Chicago, Eisenhower Dance, Korea National Contemporary Dance Company, MADCO, METdance, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Verb Ballets, and Whim W'Him, among others.


Tiffany Hohle


Tiffany started dancing at Michele’s Dance Academy at the age of three.  She became a member of the Las Cruces Chamber Ballet in 1991 and danced in the company for six years.  She’s performed in ballets like Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and numerous productions of the Nutcracker.  Ms. Tiffany is the only dancer who has performed both roles as Fritz (1989) and Clara (1991) in the LCCB.  She is also certified Cecchetti method of ballet.

After Tiffany graduated from Las Cruces High, she left to become a traveling showgirl in Japan from 1997-1999.  She was the dance captain and Assistant stage manager for the show “Bedazzled” for the Eastern States Exposition in Massachusetts directed by Paula Paul, choreography by Dan Gardner.  After this contract, Tiffany was presented with a permanent contract dancing at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.  She danced as a showgirl in the show “EFX” directed by Scott Faris and Anthony van Laast, choreography by Gail Davies and a go-go dancer at Studio 54.  After her show room closed, she moved to San Diego to pursue her passion for Hip-Hop.  While in San Diego she danced with the Hip-Hop troupe “Culture Shock” and performed in their Hip-Hop “Nutcracker” in 2014.

Tiffany started her love for teaching dance at the young age of fourteen at Michele’s Dance Academy, where she taught ballet/tap to 3-4 year old’s and jazz ages 10-12.  When she left Japan for Las Vegas she started teaching tap and ballet to ages 7-teen at the Rainbow Performing Arts Studio.  She’s also taught at Mesilla Valley Gymnastics, Jornada Elementary School and Immaculate Heart of Mary in Las Cruces.  Ms. Tiffany has been teaching Hip-Hop and Contemporary at Michele’s for the last six years.  

Marissa Cordero


Marissa began dancing at the age of 5 years old under the instruction of Maestro Jose Tena’s Ballet Folkorico Tierra del Encanto’s first children’s dance troupe. As she progressed,  Marissa joined the adult performing group with Ballet Folklorico Tierra del Encanto until she became Jose Tena’s assistant director of the children’s dance troupe in 2005-2009. She has performed on many stages throughout our beautiful state of New Mexico as well as California and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC.  

She also had the opportunity to be the instructor of Ballet Folklorico for the MacArthur Elementary after school program from 2008-2009. She has attended conferences to expand her knowledge and understanding of the history and rich culture of Ballet Folklorico. Those conferences include the following: Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference, (student 1994-2001) (assisted instructors 2002-2007) and ANGF- Asociación Nacional de Grupos Folkloricos in Las Cruces, New Mexico 2007 and Nayarit, Mexico 2008.


Applehelen Kirby


Applehelen Kirby is a native of Las Cruces, NM and began her

training with Michele’s Dance Academy and the Las Cruces Chamber

Ballet. She was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholar at New

Mexico State University receiving B.S. and M.S. degrees in

Microbiology and Biology. While at NMSU, she was a company

member in both Contemporary Dance Theatre under the tutelage of

Dr. Debra Knapp and Sol y Arena Flamenco Company studying with

Paco Antonio and Lucilene de Geus. She has travelled throughout

the US and internationally training and performing works by various

artists from the American College Dance Association, Ballet Nacional de España, Seminario

de Flamenco y Danza, Bill Evans Teaching Institute, Social Movement Creative Dance,

Bahtsheva Dance Company, JSR Company, and StaibDance. Applehelen also received an

M.A. degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from NMSU and currently works as a

licensed therapist, adjunct professor teaching and choreographing for the NMSU Dance

Program, certified yoga instructor, and performs and choreographs for Lifted Dance

Collective, as well as serves on the boards of the LCCB and Desert Community Wellness.


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