A BRIEF HISTORY...

MICHELLE BARBER has been a choreographer/teacher for the past 22 years.  Her dance training began in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, 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 Vaccuum, Francois Girbaud, Electric Avenue and the Cleveland Ski Fair.  In 1995, Michelle came to New York and auditioned for the 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 BDC 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/Chroeographer 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.

As a testament to Michelle's abilities as a teacher and choreographer many of her students have gone on to perform on Broadway, in National Tours and in Regional Theatre.