“A dream comes true” is how Miss Michele views Dance Institute LLC. With a passion for dance since the age of 3 and a passion for teaching since 9, the best way to describe Dance Institute is “living a dream.”
“First and foremost I am a teacher,” Miss Michele says. “To see a student learn and then master their technique is an absolute joy for me. Nothing in the world makes me happier than to see my students blossom into dancers.” Miss Michele adapts her style for a wide variety of ages while maintaining a fun and playful atmosphere.
Miss Michele has been dancing for 20+ years and is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, tumbling and ballroom. She accumulated many performances and choreography credits while attending the University of Minnesota. She was also the teacher’s assistant for tap and ballroom courses at the University and started assisting in ballet, jazz, tap and tumbling class at the age of 14.
“Assisting was the best way to develop my technique. After hundreds of plies and shuffles 4 hours a day, 4 days per week, mastery appeared.” says Miss Michele. After college, she taught at a large studio in Minnesota where she developed her choreography muscle that originally appeared in college.
She is currently a member of Soul Motion, a progressive hip-hop company in Denver. Soul Motion focuses on performance and educational programs for area schools and is well known throughout Denver Public Schools.
Dance Institute LLC is family-owned and operated and, since we opened our doors in 2006, we’ve treated every customer like they were a part of our family.
Janina started dancing at the young age of 3 and at age 8 began competing at dance competitions regionally and nationally. She has won numerous national titles for her solo, duet and group work.
In 2010, she graduated from The University of Iowa with a B.F.A. in dance and Performing Arts Entrepreneurship Certificate. She performed works in ballet, modern, creative movement and jazz. In 2009, she became an intern for American Dance Festival and had the opportunity to work with a number of a dance companies from around the world. The following summer she received a full scholarship to dance and perform, which lead to an apprenticeship with Pilobolus.
For the past 7 years, she has taught ballet, modern, jazz and creative movement to all ages, including children with special needs.
I’m the director of Machinez Remainz Crew and Co-Creator of Movementology. I have worked and performed for the past 6 years as a professional hip-hop dancer and teacher throughout the Denver area. I have trained at Motion Underground, Funkinetic project, and Liiadelph Legends festival in Poppin, lockin, house and hip hop dance techniques and styles. I have also performed and organized a number of dance production shows in Denver.
In September 2011, I was featured in a local dance magazine for winning a video contest and won Video of the Month in 2012 in Dance Teacher magazine’s September issue. I danced live for Fox31, CW2 News and 7News with my crew. Most recently I was featured on a website of DancePlug TV.
I have worked as a dance teacher and choreographer for Rocky Mountain Conservatory Theater and for Colorado Free University. Currently I am working at the YMCA, Soulfully Driven and Dance Institute teaching people of all ages and abilities. My creativity and flexibility to adapt to different styles within hip-hop are my greatest assets and, which make me well established hip-hop dancer and choreographer.