Michelle Cole, is an educator, choreographer, performer, and administrator. She received her Master’s degree in Dance Education from New York University, Steinhardt and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida International University’s Honors College.
She is a dance teaching artist through the Abrons Arts Center where she has taught in-house classes, in-school residencies, and lead professional developments for teaching artists from different arts organizations. She also conducts independent dance residencies at public and private schools and universities throughout NYC. She is the current Director of Operations of ETD, a non-profit organization that creates original dance works and provides dance workshops in vulnerable populations.
Michelle became an adjunct faculty member of NYU in 2015 teaching Anthropology of Dance and now co-teaches Afro-Caribbean. She studied abroad in Uganda in 2014 and has been the faculty concert Ugandan dance performance rehearsal director since 2015. As a choreographer and performer, Michelle has presented and performed in New York, Chicago, Miami, Martha’s Vineyard, Kampala, Uganda and more. She is a member of the Teaching Artist Affairs committee through the Arts in Education Roundtable and an advocate for dance education, social justice in the arts, and culturally integrated dance pedagogy.