Michèle Ceballos Michot
Michèle Ceballos Michot – Born in 1956 in New York City, from a north american mother and a south american father, raised in Bogota, Colombia, from 2-11, and the USA from 11-16, with a passion for classical Ballet, a brown busty Latina Ballerina, entering into a very white profession, many barriers and borders needed to be crossed in order to attain training, contracts and roles. With persistance and passion, Michele crossed those borders and has always been involved in, and an advocate for breaking stereotypes and encouraging diversity.
She is proud to be part of the Mujeres Immigrantes project and excited to share stories, creative processes and love with such powerful women and those who identify as, and acknowledge the female energy within themselves. She began her dance training at 6 in Bogota, Colombia with Vladimir Volski, of the Bolshoi Ballet. At 11-16- In NYC at The National Academy of Ballet & Theatre Arts, the American Ballet Theatre school and the Joffrey Ballet school. From 16-18 In London at the Royal Ballet School and at 26 attended teachers training in the Vaganova method at the Institute Paliashvilli in Tbilisi, Georgia SSR . Michèle has danced apprentice, corps de ballet, soloist to principal roles with the American Ballet Theatre – NYC, NY, the Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet – London, England, Deutsch Oper Am Rhine- Dusseldorf, Germany, Ballet Hispanico of New York, Chicago Ballet, Ballet Mississippi, El Ballet Nacional de Colombia and competed in the 1983 International Ballet competition in Varna, Bulgaria representing Colombia. She is a co-founder of the Arizona Dance festival and has choreographed for Arizona Opera, Southwest Shakespeare Co., ASU Interdisciplinary Arts and the New Carpa Theatre. In 2015 she was nominated for a Zony Award for choreography. Based in Phoenix, Arizona,Michèle teaches, coaches, choreographs and sets arts based programming, in collaboration with the Phoenix Conservatory of Music, the Cannedy Performing Arts Centre, The Phoenix Center for the Arts, the Osborn School District, Ashtanga Yoga Phoenix and the Spa at Camelback Inn. She has been a pillar in the Phoenix, AZ Arts scene since 1986, arriving in Phoenix as assistant to Mikhail Lavrovsky, of the Bolshoi Ballet and his manager Olga Guardia de Smoak for a project with Ballet Arizona. In 1988 she founded Opendance a dance company with a focus on choreography and performance combining trained and non-trained adults. From 1994 -2012 the company was a non-profit 501 c(3) Arts & Educational outreach company . Michèle developed dance based programs for schools and community centers in Maricopa County and Tucson, AZ. Her work led her to receive the Creighton School Districts Partner Award and a nomination for the Governors Arts Awards. In 2012 Opendance became OpendanceAZ, a collective of dance and movement based artists with a focus on diversity, support and creation.
Through social media, sharing information on dance and movement based classes, workshops, performances, arts and activism with an objective to make information available to everyone, to empower, and strengthen the individual through a dance, movement and arts based practice. Michele is a founding member of the San Francisco/Mexico DF based LIVE Art performance troupe, La Pocha Nostra and has traveled worldwide teaching workshops on LPN LIVE Art Pedagogy and Performance. LPN is a trans-disciplinary arts organization that provides a support network and forum for artists of various disciplines, generations and ethnic backgrounds. La Pocha is devoted to erasing the borders between art and politics, art practice and theory, artist and spectator. LPN has intensely focused on the notion of collaboration across national borders, race, gender and generations as an act of radical citizen diplomacy and as a means to create temporary communities of rebel artists. Every year, La Pocha conducts a summer and a winter performance art school in which Pocha’s radical pedagogy (a performance methodology that has been developed during the last 10 years) is shared with an international group of rebel artists.