Michelle Wardlaw
Dance Instructor

Mrs. Wardlaw currently teaches “Heels” class for LaBelle. She loves incorporating jazz, musical theatre, and kick line styles in her class. This year, she will be coordinating a pick up company show called “Love and Love Lost”, expressing pieces of love and losing love. The show will also be a launching pad for her organization called “United Love,” a community-wide initiative for helping gather resources to meet the needs of various people and groups in Pensacola.

Michelle holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of Florida. She achieved her National Board Teaching Certificate in 2005 and worked with elementary-aged children with Autism at Escambia Westgate School for 12 years in Pensacola, FL.

Michelle has performed and choreographed for “Dance Alive” FL touring company, working under the direction of Kim Tuttle and Judy Skinner. She has choreographed, instructed, and/or performed for Universal Dance Association, House of Blues Orlando, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Disney, professional dance companies, and theatre productions. She has also instructed “movement” classes for children with severe disabilities.

Michelle is very active in the Pensacola community. She participated as a “founding father” in developing Pensacola Young Professionals, and spearheads many fundraising and community benefits for various foundations throughout the city. In 2002, Michelle founded the Sojourn Project, a multi-faceted arts company, that performed in a variety of galas, fundraisers, festivals, and spectaculars. Michelle co-directed events for NWFL National Dance Week and other performances in 2005 and 2006. Michelle’s greatest talent is helping her students develop artistic expression, connecting humanity in art within music and dance.

Michelle can be reached at michellew@labelleperformingarts.com.

 

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