Faculty & Staff

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.

Michelle Nicholson – Principal Teacher / Director

  • Kimberly Benfield

  • Meghan Carpenter

  • Christina Foster

  • Mary Jane Gomersall

  • Rita Hall

  • Taylor Kelley

  • Meghan McHone

  • Cindy Resendes

  • Elizabeth Rose

  • Sydney Stone


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:

  • 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
  • SHER SHERATON, Disney Tokyo, Dance Educators of America, tap choreographer

 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
  • Ryann Lievens
  • Kate McFalls
  • Bailey Reese
  • Elly Sarfert

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, Kimberly Benfield, Meghan Carpenter