(Co-Owner) Hip Hop and Jazz
Miss Michelle was a member of the color guard team for 3 years and a cheerleader for 4 years at Park View High School. During her Junior and Senior years, she was captain of the Park View Varsity Cheerleading Squad and was captain of the Marching Dragons Color Guard team her senior year. Michelle later choreographed the routines and instructed the color guard team at Randolph Henry High School, with her team having a successful competitive season.
Michelle has been trained largely in Modern Dancing and American Style Ballroom Dancing. Most of her training was done at the College of William and Mary. Michelle not only trained in Modern Dancing, but also took courses in Modern Dance history giving her a thorough knowledge of technique and background. While attending William and Mary, Michelle joined the ballroom dance club and competed and placed in numerous competitions. She competed mostly in Tango, Foxtrot, Waltz, Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing and Viennese Waltz. During this time, Michelle and her partner had great success competing, most notably 1st place in Tango against 75 couples at a D.C. competition. While with the ballroom dance club, Michelle performed at the annual Heart Ball which is held at the Science Museum of Virginia by the American Heart Association, two years in a row.
After college, Michelle continued training at Arthur Murray in Pittsburgh, PA and later taught ballroom with Dance Pittsburgh. Apart from Modern and Ballroom, she taught Zumba, a Latin-dance inspired fitness class, for a number or years. This opened her up to numerous new styles of dance; such as Cumbia and Reggaeton. Michelle has been exposed to many other styles of dance such as; Lindy Hop, Salsa, Mambo, Hip Hop and Ballet.
Miss Michelle has been continuing her education by taking master classes with notable teachers; such as Geo Hubela, Scott Fowler, and Tricia Gomez. Michelle is a certified Rhythm Works Integrative Dance Instructor, which is a Hip Hop based dance program for teaching dancers with various physical and learning differences.
Miss Michelle choreographs and performs in local shows. She choreographed “Aladdin Jr” for Lakeland Community Theatre. She has also assisted the Colonial Theatre with choreography; such as in “Oliver,” “The Best Of Shows,” “Rock Around the Clock,” “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat” a show (in which she also played Potiphar’s wife), and “Annie” (in which she played Lily St. Regis)! Most recently Michelle choreographed and performed in a charity event “Dancing with the Local Stars.” Ms. Michelle co-owns Dance It Out/Flip It Out and is a member of International Dance Entrepreneur’s Association.