[Enlarge] Photographer: Melissa Hamburg
Michelle Barber has been a choreographer/teacher for the past 22 years. Her dance training began in her hometown of Cleveland, OH, where she studied with Dee Hillier and Karen Colabianchi. At the age of 16 Michelle began working as a choreographer for local cheerleading competitions and national show choir competitions. She also began working all over the Cleveland area performing for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Matrix Hair Care Products, Kirby Vacuum, Francois Girbaud, Electric Avenue and the Cleveland Ski Fair. In 1995, Michelle came to New York and auditioned for the 2nd National Tour of Guys & Dolls, landed the job and never looked back!
Soon after moving to New York City, Michelle worked as a dancer in industrials and television specials. She also started teaching and choreographing at local dance studios. While studying at the Broadway Dance Center, Michelle became a part of Frank Hatchett's VOP teaching staff. She soon earned her own classes at the Broadway Dance Center and has become one of the studio’s most popular master faculty members.
Her professional credits are proof of her talent and versatility as a choreographer. Most recently, Michelle choreographed the Solid Gold Dance Party Tour featuring the Village People, France Joli, Peaches & Herb, and Anita Ward. Michelle was also chosen to honor Director/Choreographer Rob Marshall with her choreography at the Elan Awards in New York City and showcase her work at the Choreographer’s Canvas. Michelle has choreographed for Dance Spirit Magazine and her work has been featured in musical theatre productions (Guys & Dolls, The Music Man), college dance team performances (John Carroll University, Cleveland State) and dance competitions nationwide.
Michelle has been a guest artist/master class instructor at Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey, Broadway Dance Center Teacher Workshop, Capital Kickline, Cleveland School of Ballet, Cedar Crest College, Chicago National Association of Dance Masters,Coupe Theatre Studio, Dance Olympus, DRA, Dance 10, Dance Teacher Magazine, Emjaez Dance Studio, Franck Escuela de Danza in Morelia, Mexico, In House Dance Explosion, Middlebury College, Muhlenburg College, Newburgh Arts Academy, The PULSE, Touch of Class Dance Studio, and Showstopper.
As a testament to Michelle’s abilities as a a teacher and choreographer many of her students have gone on to perform on Broadway, in National Tours and in Regional Theater.
Check out her new website at www.MichelleBarberProject.com