Since the age of three and a half, when she began her dance training, Michelle Ricchezza has had a passion for dancing. Michelle trained extensively in ballet, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, as well as acrobatics and tap. In her dancing career, Michelle has competed in all styles of dance winning numerous overall awards and scholarships. Michelle also competed with the Canadian National Jazz Team in 2001 in Germany for the world showdance championships. In addition to her dance training, Michelle obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology in 2006 as a graduate from York University. Since completing her degree, Michelle has chosen to pursue her passion for dance by means of teaching the art to her many students. Michelle is a mother of two who understands and loves children and encourages her students both in and out of the studio.
Michelle began her teaching career first as an assistant, then quickly progressing to a full-time teacher. Throughout her career, Michelle has had the opportunity to teach students of ages two and half through adult. During Michelle’s years of teaching, she has choreographed many numbers for recreational and competitive level classes as well as choreographing for Community Theater musicals. Michelle has been a certified member of Dance Masters of America 2001 and continues taking various classes and workshops to further her training.
Michelle is a gifted teacher who possesses both the technical background and natural leadership skills necessary to motivate her students. Michelle’s teaching ability is demonstrated by her students’ constant progression and in addition, the respect and admiration she receives from her students. Michelle joined the Strictly Dance teaching staff in 2006 and has since developed a strong bond with the students, staff and parents of the Strictly Dance team. Michelle looks forward to another great season and to pass on her passion for dance.
- Dance Masters
- B.ha York University