Choreographer, educator, and performing artist, Michelle Gibson received her BFA in Dance from Tulane University and her MFA in Dance and Performance Studies from Hollins University / American Dance Festival at Duke University. “Second Lining” from New Orleans, Louisiana, she has been blessed to have studied at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, with the Delta Festival Ballet Company, Milton School of Dance, the Young African American Dance Ensemble, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, and at the American Dance Festival and Jacob’s Pillow. Michelle has had the opportunity of performing works choreographed by Baba Chuck Davis, Baba Richard Gonzales, Donald McKayle, Sean Curran, Ronald K. Brown, Trebien Pollard, LaMora Perez Prades, Marlies Yearby,Tommy F. DeFrantz, Thaddeus and Tanya Davis, Vernel Bagneris and Scott Grossman.
Michelle was awarded a 2013 National Performance Network Creation Fund Grant, has toured and performed throughout Germany and Japan, and will go on a US tour again in 2015. She has been a four year faculty member with the American Dance Festival, a six week school intensive held at Duke University, and also with the Dance Theatre of Harlem Summer Intensive. She was an artist in residence during the summer of 2014 in Port Au Prince and Jacmel Haiti, with New Waves Dance and Performance Institute. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Exhibit Dance Collective, has taught and set choreography at various intensives, institutions and universities.
Currently Michelle is an artist in residence with the South Dallas Cultural Center, Artistic Director of the Dallas Youth Repertory Project, and Adjunct Professor at Brookhaven College in Dallas, TX.
Her choreographic works range from genres of the African Diaspora, Contemporary Modern, Afro Funk, Jazz, and her own New Orleans Second Line Aesthetic.