With over 20 years of experience as a performer and instructor, Michelle has a strong work ethic and a commitment to dance education. She received her MFA from SMU in Choreographic Theory on a full Meadows Foundation Artistic Scholarship. Michelle also received scholarships to study at the American Ballet Theatre and the San Francisco Ballet. Her ballet choreography has won numerous awards at both national and regional competitions including Starpower and Showbiz. She has choreographed ballets for Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Brookhaven, Collin County and Tarrant County Colleges.
Her performing career has included dancing for Dallas Ballet, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Ballet Dallas and Dancers Unlimited. She has toured South America, Scandinavia and Western Europe as a professional dancer. Michelle has worked with choreographers such as Talley Beatty, Donald Byrd, Flemming Flindt and Nicholas Berioseff among many others.
In addition to her personal accomplishments as a dancer and instructor, Michelle has excelled at instructing her students. Many of her students have pursued professional dance careers and have performed with: Celine Dion’s Las Vegas Revue, NYC Rockettes, Broadway’s Billy Elliott cast, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake, to name a few. Her students have been accepted to college dance programs at Juilliard, NYU, SMU, TCU and Point Park. She also has an impressive track record of preparing students for the audition process at Booker T. Washington High School in Dallas.
Michelle also has extensive theatre and broadcast credits including the feature film thrill Chariot to be released this year. You may view the trailer at chariotmovie.com. She has performed locally with Dallas Shakespeare festival, Dallas alliance theatre among other local theater groups. Her television credits include Wishbone and Walker Texas Ranger along with several independent films. She is currently the Associate Coach for React Actors, a studio that specializes in teaching acting for film and television based on the method of Sanford Meisner.