Our Artistic Staff
Ms. Michelle received a B.A. in Dance from the University of South Florida on a full scholarship for her academic and artistic achievements. While at U.S.F., Michelle worked with many talented teachers and choreographers, including Gretchen Warren, John Parks, Patricia Page, and Jill Bahr, as well as serving as an adjunct professor. While attending U.S.F., Michelle also performed with the Dance Theatre of Florida, working with dancers and teachers from the Kirov Ballet. After graduation, Michelle danced professionally for the Dance Theatre of Florida, Florida Dance Theatre, Georgia Ballet, and Lee Harper & Dancers. During her professional career, Michelle was honored to have danced choreography by George Balanchine, Iris Hensley, Septim Weber and Loyce Holton. Michelle has been teaching dance since 1991. She has taught for several dance schools in the Metro Atlanta area prior to relocating to Florida. While in Florida, Michelle co-directed the dance program at the Rochelle School of the Arts for 6 years, as well as teaching and choreographing for the Soulful Arts Dance Academy and several outreach programs such as The Boys and Girls Club of America, and It’s All About Kids. Her choreography has been presented at community events, including the Buzz Into Books Literacy Campaign and the Luis Palau Festival. Michelle’s students have gone on to dance at the Ailey School, Debbie Allen’s Dance Academy, Ballet Theatre of Maryland and The University of the Arts.