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Michelle Armstrong 

Ballet Instructor

 

Michelle Armstrong, a native of Salt Lake City, began her early ballet training with Susan Wright and later with Willam Christensen.  Under Mr. C’s direction, Michelle danced many leading roles in his original ballets such as “Maggie’s Dream”, “Orpheus”, and “Old Vienna.”  Ms. Armstrong was a guest artist with the Utah Opera dancing in “Die Fledermaus”, “Aida”, and “Faust.”  From 1985–87 Michelle danced with Ballet West and in 1988 with New York City Ballet under the direction of Jacques d’Amboise.  In 1991 Ms. Armstrong partnered and studied with Anatoli Kucheruk of the Kiev Ballet, Russia.  She has over 20 years of training in the Russian Method of Ballet and is currently teaching this technique at The Ballet Centre. In 1992 Ms. Armstrong was named Artistic Director of The Ballet Centre where she is the principal choreographer, producing and directing many one-act ballets.  Along with her responsibilities as Artistic Director, Michelle Armstrong is an instructor at The Ballet Centre where she has been teaching for over 30 years. In 2002 Michelle Armstrong was awarded a position in the “Ballet Intensive from Moscow” under the direction of Dmitri Roudnev and Svetlana Osiyeva.  Michelle has a BFA in ballet-teaching emphasis, from the University of Utah, and is certified in the National Teaching Curriculum with ABT.  In 2016, Michelle traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia to study ballet pedagogy under Mr. Oleg Vinogradov, Artistic Director of Mariinsky Ballet Theater-St. Petersburg, and his highly qualified faculty of Russian ballet masters.  Two months later, she continued her work with Mr. Vinogradov in Florida, participating in his International Ballet Festival as his rehearsal assistant, ballet instructor, and répétiteur.