Crystal Michelle began dancing at the age of nine with the Augusta Mini Theaters, a program for inner city students in Augusta, GA. As a dance interest student at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School, she was directed by her instructor to begin studying with the Augusta Ballet Company. She accepted a position as an apprentice and later became a full company member. As a dance scholarship recipient at Southern Methodist University she was awarded a BFA in Dance Performance in 2001. Crystal has enjoyed a spectacular career as a performer with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company serving as the resident choreographer and Rehearsal assistant for the renowned DCDC2. Throughout her professional career she has trained with and performed the works of Eleo Pomare, Kevin Ward, Bill T. Jones, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Bebe Miller, Donald Byrd, Dwight Rhoden, Reggie Wilson, Ronald K. Brown, Donald McKayle and Rennie Harris. Her notable roles include “The Woman” from Lester Horton’s “Beloved” as well as “The Beloved” from Eleo Pomare’s “Las Desenamorades.” As Crystal Michelle matures in her artistry she is drawn to paint conversational pictures with the body through choreography. She has been given the opportunity to set her “wildly gestural” works at the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, SMAG Dance Collective and abroad. Her love for works about real people and honest emotion is what draws her to the Brown Dance Project and is honored to serve as it’s Associate Director.


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