Michelle Pearson is a choreographer, dancer, and master teacher. She makes dances with people of all ages and abilities including veterans, inmates, nuns, preschoolers and professional dancers. She was a touring member of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange from 93-97 before moving into the position of Artistic Associate with the company. Currently, Michelle is a lead artist of the MetLife Foundation Healthy Living Initiative at Dance Exchange. She has been invited to present at national conferences hosted by Leading Age, the National Center of Creative Aging, and the Society of Art and Healthcare. Before joining Lerman’s company, Michelle danced with the Doris Humphrey Repertory Company and the American Dance Ensemble in NYC.
As a lead artist for the “Healing Arts Initiative” through Third Sector New England, Michelle has led dance residencies and professional development workshops throughout sites in New England including: Tewksbury Hospital, the Vermont Veteran’s Home, Butler Hospital, and Crotched Mountain School/Rehabilitation Center. This year, Michelle is teaching a healing arts course for neurology students at Harvard Med School and nurse practitioners at Children’s Hospital in Boston. She was recognized by the NC Arts Council with a Choreographic Fellowship in 2002-2004 and is honored to join the Wildacres Leadership Initiative as a 2006-2008 William Friday Fellow committed to improving human relations. Most recently, Michelle was selected by the US Department of State to lead a Cultural Envoy in Freetown, Sierra Leone.