Michelle is a native of North Carolina and a graduate of UNC Charlotte, and has an extensive background in performing arts and education. She has been recognized for outstanding achievements in dance. Michelle is the President of Carolina Dance Masters, and is a member of Dance Educators of America and Dance Masters of America. Michelle also serves on the advisory board for The Ziegfeld Club, Inc, was on the faculty for the 2017 I.D.E.A. Conference, and is honored to serve Dancers Against Cancer as a National Ambassador.
Michelle is the owner of Miller Street Dance Academy, home to more than 2,000 dancers. She has won national awards for choreography, and is the teacher of Miss Dance of America 2018, Mr. Dance of America 2016, Petite Miss Dance of America 2016, Teen Mr. and Miss Dance of America 2014, Teen Mr. Dance of America 2011, and Petite Miss Dance of America 2008
She was named one of the 2011 Top 50 Influential Area Women by Mecklenburg Times, a 2005 Leading Link Ladies by Charlotte Radio Station 107.9, chosen as the winner of The Business Journal’s “40 Under 40″ Business Leaders, and a finalist for the 2006 and 2007 Channel 9 “Nine Who Care” award.
In addition to teaching dance, Michelle maintains her commitment to community service. In 2015, she was inducted into Make-A-Wish Foundation’s ‘W.I.S.H. Society’ (Women Inspiring Strength and Hope) for her dedication to raising funds to grant the wishes of children battling life-threatening illnesses in the Charlotte area. In 2016, Michelle received the Humanitarian Award from African Christians Fellowship International (ACFI) for her continued support of ACFI’s work supporting Liberian orphans. Michelle currently serves as a National Ambassador for Dancers Against Cancer, an organization that provides financial assistance to dancers, dance teachers, and choreographers who have been diagnosed with cancer.