Michelle Leininger

Artistic Director

Michelle Leininger

Michelle Leininger toured with Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Dancing U.S.A., and Canadian Dance Express among other companies.  Michelle’s dance performance experience spans the stages of Montreal, Tokyo, and Haiti to American made TV and film productions.  She has choreographed original works for theatre, film, and music video.

Michelle studied at the Alvin Ailey School of Dance, the Broadway Dance Center, and the University of South Florida where she was a dance major.  She has trained with many outstanding artists including Fred Benjamin, Miguel Godreau, Celia Franca, and Jurgen Schneider.  Michelle’s teaching experience of more than twenty years includes directorships of dance schools in both Canada and the Caribbean.

A graduate of West Chester University and Cabrini College where she earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees respectively in Education, Michelle also holds the Pennsylvania State Certification in Dance and is a member of the National Dance Association. Over the past twenty years, Michelle has taught at several dance schools in the Chester County area and also headed the dance program at Great Valley High School in Malvern, PA for ten years. In addition to teaching at Balance Dance Center, Michelle is also the artistic director of the Balance Dance Company where she continues to nurture young talent and share her passion for the expression of life through dance.