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.

2016-2017 DANCE FACULTY
Michelle Nicholson – Principal Teacher / Director

  • Chloe Beatty

  • Monet Beatty

  • Kimberly Benfield

  • Meghan Chaney

  • Alejandra Dore

  • Christina Foster

  • Mary Jane Gomersall

  • Rita Hall

  • Meghan McHone

  • Anna Murnane

  • Cindy Resendes

  • Elizabeth Rose

  • Sydney Stone

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
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
  • Ryann Lievens
  • Elly Sarfert
  • Kylene Valores
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, Kimberly Benfield, Meghan Carpenter