Holly Mora, a native of Enola, PA, received her early training in Harrisburg, PA, and New York, NY. She has also studied at Shippensburg University and Western Kentucky Collge. Mora began her dedication to the teaching of dance in 1972 when she founded her school, now known as the Capital Area Dance School. Many of her students have gone on to professional careers in renowned dance companies throughout the United States, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Miami City Ballet, the Jamison Project, and the Dayton Ballet.
Mora has contribued to the artistic atmosphere in her community as the Founding Director of Cumberland Dance Company, which she established in 1988. Additionally, she has volunteered her time to help with physically challenged youth and young adults. Through the Arts in Special Education Project of Pennsylvania and other programs, she incorporated dance into a class for special needs children. Her class members were later mainstreamed into regular dance classes. Mora’s contributions to arts education in Pennsylvania have been recongnized by The Pennsylvania Alliance for Arts Education in 1993, and by her 1999 nomination by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Department of Education for “Best Practice in Teaching Arts in Education.”
In addition to continuing her work at the Capital Area Dance School, Mora is currently on the dance faculty at Harrisburg Area Community College. She joined the faculty of Peabody Dance in 2003.