We asked Michelle a few questions to get to know her better, and here's what she said:
What has been your favorite dance gig during your career?
"I would say traveling to Tokyo Japan to be a part of a World Show performing with entertainers from all over the world."
What inspires you most as an artist?
"So many things!! Other artists, and lately going to see a few professional concert dance companies this past year really inspired me, including Inaside Chicago, Parsons, and Shaping Sound."
When you're in the car, what's on the radio?
"89.7 and 99.5 New Country"
If you could have lunch with any choreographer, past or present, who would it be?
"Fosse, would love to see what inspired him and just pick his brain."
What's in your dance bag?
"Wetwipes! LOL Bio Freeze, AXIO, golf ball, headphones, business cards, notepad, pens, sharpie, nail file, IPAD"
What has been a favorite BDF moment?
"A dancer taking my class for the first time and never doing that style of dance before and telling me after class with a hug, how much they loved it and didn’t think they could move like that. Seeing that big smile and glow on their face, feeling good about themselves!! Makes me so happy!"
(Photo: "Fever" choreographed by Michelle for the 2011 BDF Student Showcase)
A little more about Michelle:
Michelle Marzejon has over 20 years of international performance experience, including Japan, Canada, and the U.S.A. She spent many years as artistic director at several dance studios before finally opening Michelle's Academy of Dance & Performing Arts Center in 2004. Michelle not only continues to teach and study a wide range of dance genres, but she is also a certified Stott's Pilates instructor and an avid student of yoga. Her students have graduated from her programs to continue their training at area universities and pursue professional careers in dance nationwide. Teaching credits include Wayne State University, Albion College, Hope College, Eastern Michigan University, Michigan Dance Project and Brighton Dance Festival, and many charity events around the area. Her choreography has received top honors nationwide, including the 2007 Copperfoot Award from Wayne State University. Michelle was the artistic director for the Splendor of the East production in Dearborn, MI in 2010 and 2011, and is frequently called upon as a dance adjudicator nationwide. Currently, Michelle is a board member with the Dionysus Theater (Pinckney, MI) and is on faculty for the annual Brighton Dance Festival.