Belly dance is for all ages, all sizes, all types of people. It is a beautiful, empowering dance that not only keeps the body fit, it keeps the mind fit - encouraging the return of self-confidence, body appreciation, and self worth. We dance for the joy of life and the passion of dancing!
Belly dance is focused on the empowerment of women, and even men, from all walks of life and embraces the diversity of all humans and their bodies. Dancers of any size, shape, age, or dance experience can enjoy learning this dance. Belly dance honors the grace, strength, and beauty of all as we dance together as a community to celebrate life!
Come and learn in a safe and supportive atmosphere. Age and "ability" are not factors. Michelle offers belly dance classes in Am-Cab (American Cabaret), FCBD®Style (formerly American Tribal Style), and Tribal Fusion.
Michelle teaches Belly Dance at Crafton Hills Community College and privately online. She can be found performing at Sevilla's Long Beach and Costa Mesa, King Kabob, and other restaurants and venues throughout Southern California.
Private classes are available and performance opportunities are available (not required) for all students.
Michelle's passion for dance began when she was a young child. She took ballet, tap and gymnastics classes throughout her childhood into her early teens. In high school, she was on the competition dance and drill team. Later in life she trained in Ballet, Jazz, and Modern dance and dabbled in hip hop. In 2004, she was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and stepped away from the dance scene.
Michelle never lost her passion for dance and after finally going into partial remission in 2009 she found belly dancing and it quickly became an integral part of her life. Becoming completely obsessed with belly dance, her passion led her to train with several master teachers in FCBD®Style (formerly American Tribal Style), Tribal Fusion, and American Cabaret. Over time she found a deep love of sword dancing and fire dancing to add to her dance style.
Michelle is certified in General Skills for FCBD®Style and has recently completed her level 1 - Apprentice certification for Belladonna's Bohemian Blade program. She has performed and taught in several states including California, Nevada, Colorado, and Germany.
Michelle has earned her Masters degree in Teaching and, by day, is a High School Mild/Moderate Special Education - Science Teacher and a Home and Hospital Teacher for students that are unable to attend school due to their disabilities. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Education for Educational Justice at Northcentral University.
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