Resident Feature: Michelle N. Gibson

1. How long have you lived at Delante?
I have lived at the Delante for a year and a half.

2. How long have you been a dancer and how did you get started?
I have trained since the age of 10. I attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts in elementary, middle school, and high school furthering my studies and receiving my Bachelors of Arts in Dance from Tulane University in New Orleans. I then continued on receiving my Masters of Fine Arts in Dance, Choreography and Performance Studies from Hollins University in Virginia and Duke University in Durham NC. Hopefully will be working towards my PHD in the near.

3. What type of dance do you teach and what is your favorite?
I am trained in a plethora of dance techniques which allows me the ability to teach varies styles such as Classical Ballet, Contemporary Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, West African, Brazilian Samba, Salsa/Latin Dance etc just to name a few. I don’t really have a favorite because I embody all of them. Each technique has benefited and supported me throughout my career as a dance educator and performer. I love them all!

4. Do you use the Studio at Delante?
Yes, I do utilize the studio periodically for private lessons and rehearsals as needed.

5. Do you teach adults or children?
Yes I do teach both children and adults. Recreational, pre-professional, professional leveled and private classes. I also teach and offer a movement therapy workshop for the elderly at several facilities throughout the DFW area.

6. What is it that you like about dance?
Dance is my life and my voice. What inspires me as an artist is to watch how creativity cultivates the mind, body, soul, and spirit that conjures up the true essence of what human life really is and all that it can be. What inspires me as an artist is to allow my creativity and gifts to be embodied by my students and audience where a conversation takes place that is not verbal but it is felt from one agency to another through movement.

7. In your opinion, what are the top three benefits of dance?
It is a creative expression that can bring discipline, training, and enlightenment to all while addressing physical therapy, mind and body connection, and a rigorous workout. The language of dance is universal which allows all people of different ages and races the opportunity to partake within its holistic presence. Dance is life and the community lives through it.