Magazine article Dance Teacher

Michelle Manzanales

Magazine article Dance Teacher

Michelle Manzanales

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Michelle Manzanales' Mexican-American heritage is a constant theme weaving through her work as a teacher and choreographer. Especially when it comes to the music she chooses. "Dance class is where my love for music grew, so for me it's important to expose students to all kinds of music."

Being a part of Ballet Hispánico for more than seven years, first as a rehearsal director and artistic associate and now as director at the BH school, she naturally aligned with the company's core values of inclusion, diversity and fusion. "The company has exposed me to so many wonderful international music artists, like Susana Baca, Natalie LaFourcade, Carla Morrison, Chavela Vargas and Paquito D'Rivera, and the list goes on and on," Manzanales says. At Ballet Hispánico's New York spring season this year, she premiered her first work for the company, Con Brazos Abiertos. …

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