Faculty & Staff

MICHELLE NICHOLSON / PRINCIPAL TEACHER and ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Michelle Jaynes Nicholson attended North Carolina School of the Arts along with Point Park School of Dance in Pittsburgh. She performed in several companies in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Among them are American Dance Ensemble, Ballet Petrov, Wake Forest University Dance Company, and Ruth Mitchell Ballet. Michelle owned and operated a successful studio in Miami, as well as directed the Sunsationals, a Pre-Professional dance company also located in Miami. She has also served as a national judge on a major dance competition circuit.

2018-2019 DANCE FACULTY
Michelle Nicholson – Principal Teacher / Director

  • Chloe Beatty

  • Monet Beatty

  • Kimberly Benfield

  • Payton Calvert

  • Devinne Cook

  • Alejandra Dore

  • Christina Foster

  • Rita Hall

  • Katy Kneisel

  • Jordan Medley

  • Anna Murnane

  • Nina Price

  • Cindy Resendes

  • Elizabeth Rose

  • Courtney Stewart

  • Sydney Stone

  • Erika Thompson

STUDIO STAFF

Director: Michelle Nicholson
Assistant Director: Kimberly Benfield
Studio Manager: Lou Jaynes
Studio Administrator: Joyce Lane
Front Desk Receptionist: Tori Nicholson
Kids In Motion Program: Michelle Nicholson

GUEST CHOREOGRAPHERS

Being a member of In Motion Dance Center allows dancers access to world renowned choreographers who are regular guest artists at In Motion.

Dance greats who frequently enhance the already outstanding faculty of In Motion Dance are:

  • DEJAN TUBIC, faculty member at International Dance Academy (IDA) in Hollywood, CA and travels the US with Dance Makers Dance Convention.
  • JAY FAGAN, from Chicago and is amongst the most sought after Tap Masters in the industry today, has worked with Dance Educators of America, Dance Masters of America, Chicago National Association of Dance Master and many more
  • FRANK KOSIK, original cast member of Broadway musicals which include 42nd Street, Cats, A Chorus Line – just to name a few
  • THOM LAKE, principal dancer and choreographer with Orlando Ballet
  • MATT LOHER, original cast member of Broadway musicals which include 42nd Street, Cats , A Chorus Line and most recently Book of Mormon
  • HEATHER PARCELLS, Broadway credits include Hairspray, Thoroughly Modern Mille, A Chorus Line
  • DUSTIN PHILLIPS, one of the most sought after hip hip choreographers on the dance scene today – working with such greats as Paula Abdul and Janet Jackson
  • TODD SHANKS, former faculty member of Steps on Broadway, National Dance Competition Judge, and freelance Choreographer, current Dean of Dance at Dean College in Boston
  • SHER SHERATON, Disney Tokyo, Dance Educators of America, tap choreographer
  • ZACH VENEGAS, one of few selected to be an Elite Protege with The Pulse On Tour, has danced for renowned artist Justin Bieber, performing with him at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards
  • BROOKE ZELUS, has worked with tap heavy weights such as Jason Samuel Smith, Chloe Arnold and Fayard Nicholas, assistant choreographer for Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus.
  • SETH ZIBALESE, has worked as a dancer with some of LA’s top choreographers such as Brian Friedman, was a member of the athletic Diavolo Dance Theatre, and also just became a member of Solevita Dance Company
  • KEITH CLIFTON, has been in business as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer for the last two and a half decades.  He has performed on the stage in musicals and he has staged and directed the entire Nutcarcker ballet for The Irving Ballet of Dallas, Texas.
  • BOBBY CLARK, has appeared on Broadway and in national tours of iconic shows. He has also taught in NYC at the Company Space, the Directors Lab, Encorps Summer Program and implemented the acting program for Access Broadway.
  • LISETTE BUSTAMANTE, has worn a number of professional hats including dancer, choreographer, artistic director, songwriter, music video director and movement coach. She’s danced alongside superstars such as Madonna, Gwen Stefani, Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande, Janet Jackson and Usher on stages all over the globe, and has choreographed for Pink, Prince, Britney Spears, Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez. She’s been featured in commercials for Gap, Pepsi, Pringles, iPod and Sprite, and has choreographed for film and television, with credits including supervising choreographer on America’s Best Dance Crew.
  • TOMMY ALEXANDER, teaches Jazz, Tap, Lyrical and Musical Theater as well as Judges and choreographs nationwide for Dance Makers Inc., Southern Association of Dance Masters, Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, Spark Intensives and Dance Teachers United.
  • KAMERON BINK, in 2007 Kameron was a Top 10 Finalist on Foxʼs “So You Think You Can Dance”. Since then he has had the opportunity to teach all over the world in countries such as Australia, South Africa, Germany, Spain, Iceland, Italy, Singapore and Switzerland.
  • FRANK MUSSO, has been a dance educator and choreographer for studios across the country. He is also a national adjudicator for many dance competitions. In 2016, Frank founded REVEL DANCE CONVENTION, a national dance workshop and competition. Some of Frank’s professional credits include: back up dancing for various NYC pop artists, Dream Along with Mickey at Walt Disney World, Disney’s Camp Rock & Shake It Up, and can be seen in multiple music videos and films.
  • TONY VITALE, performance credits include: appearing in Sister Act 2, Clueless and Young and the Restless, touring with Reba McIntyre and Harry Blackstone and working on countless commercial and industrial projects. Tony has taught and judged for multiple dance conventions and competitions including Manhattan Dance Project.
  • TED LEVY,  is a tap dancer and Broadway performer and choreographer. He made his Broadway debut in the musical Black and Blue (1989), in which he was a featured dancer in “Butter and Egg Man.” He won a number of Tony Awards for the musical, including one for being one of the four choreographers.
  • MARI MEADE,  attended the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts and North Carolina School of the Arts and is the founder of Mari Meade Dance Collective.
  • ASHLEY LINDSEY, is a New York City Based Dancer, Teacher and Choreographer. He is a 2007 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. e has performed in commercials for TARGET, ESPN/Miller Lite and Dental Works. He can also be seen dancing in music videos for Scott Matthew’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and Asgier’s “King and Cross”.
  • BAILEY REESE, Bailey Reese began her dance training at the age of three years old in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 2007, Bailey was named one of the top ten contemporary dancers in the country at JUMP “the alternative convention” for her outstanding solo performance.
ADJUNCT FACULTY

 is pleased to announce the addition of an adjunct faculty with many outstanding instructors who teach on an “artist in residency” basis. These teachers include:

  • Paige Amicon
  • Jessie Cobb
  • J’Rai Hammonds
  • Morgan Huntley
  • Katelyn Mottesheard
  • Elly Sarfert
  • Kylene Valores
  • Devrae Jefferson