Michelle Pearson is a choreographer, dancer, and master teacher actively working in many communities throughout her home state of North Carolina and abroad. She makes dances with people of all ages and abilities including veterans, inmates, retired clowns, preschoolers, politicians, active duty marines, corporate executives, shipyard workers, retired nuns, and professional dancers. She was a core member of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange from 93-97 before moving into the position of Artistic Associate where she continues to lead dance events for the company today. Before joining Lerman’s company, Michelle danced with the Doris Humphrey Repertory Company and the American Dance Ensemble in NYC. She was a member of Raleigh’s Even Exchange Dance Theater from 1998-2012 and the current Artistic Curator of the newly formed Black Box Dance Theatre. She has been a guest artist and adjunct faculty at numerous schools including Meredith College, Catholic University, American University, St. Mary’s School, The American Dance Festival, East Carolina University, Peace College, and Arts Together. Recently, Michelle led a pilot healing arts course for graduate neurology students at Harvard Medical School. She was recognized by the NC Arts Council with a Choreographic Fellowship in 2002-2004 and was selected by the US Department of State to lead cultural diplomacy missions in both Sierra Leone and China. Michelle is a William Friday Fellow committed to improving human relations in the state of North Carolina.