Michelle Painter Larson is the principal dance instructor, choreographer, and owner of Painter-Larson Academy of Irish Dance. She currently has a full size dance studio in Fullerton, California. She was also the principal choreographer for Irish/Celtic dancing for Battle of the Dance in Anaheim, California in 2011. She is also a Pilates instructor and Fitness Trainer specializing in athletic training and enhancement for Irish dancers. Larson’s newest project to bring Irish culture including, music and dance to schools in North Orange county will reach out to underprivileged children. Exposing them to a little piece of our culturally diverse world.
Larson began her dancing career at the age of four and became a Regional, National, and World Championship level dancer. She competed until the age of twenty-one when she began a professional career in Interior Design. Receiving her degree Magna Cum Laude from a prestigious Design College, and earning her credentials in IDS she gained a reputation for her design skills and flair in both commercial and residential fields of Interior Design. However the love of the dance and the call of the Irish Culture proved too strong and she left her promising career to return in 1990 to her first and true love, a career in Irish Dance. Earning her T.C.R.G. and armed with but a handful of students she quickly grew her school to the bursting point for her little garage studio. With a professional studio in Fullerton, CA she now teaches hundreds of children and adults alike to enjoy and cherish the culture and art form of Irish Dancing.
Recognized throughout the world of Irish Dance she is successful not only as an owner and dance instructor, but also a mother of four beautiful children.