Michelle Owusu began her dance training at the age of 6 with the School of DanceWest ballet, where she received extensive classical ballet and contemporary/modern training while performing in their pre-professional company. Upon graduating from high school, she continued her training at Point Park College (now Point Park University) in Pittsburgh, PA with both a dance and academic scholarship. While attending Point Park, Michelle worked with choreographers including,but not limited to, Randy Duncan, Robert Battle, Kirby Reed, and Douglas Bentz. Upon graduating from Point Park with a B.A. in Dance, Michelle danced for Dayton Contemporary Dance II (DCDC2)under the direction of Shonna Hickman-Matlock. There she performed in works choreographed by Shonna Hickman-Matlock, Kevin Ward, Debbie Blunden-Diggs, and William McClellan.
Michelle has been providing dance education to young dancers for 10 years, serving as dance faculty for Jeraldyne’s School of Dance (DCDC), DanceWest Ballet (also served as director of their competitive company, IODC), and Xtreme Dance Force. She currently is a teacher at Dream Academy of Dance Arts and co-directs Dream Contemporary Dance Company alongside Char Petersen.
Mrs. Owusu has been choreographing for 8 years and has received several accolades for her choreography including receiving the Best Emerging Choreographer Award at Regional Dance America – Midstates for her choreography titled “Battling Shadows” in 2010. Michelle also received the 1st place choreography award at Cathy Roe Ultimate Dance Chicago regional competition, as well as 1st runner up at Cathy Roe Ultimate Dance National competition for her work “Seeking Refuge” in 2013.
Michelle Owusu is not only a dance educator, but is also a licensed mental health counselor and feels a calling to combine her love of dance with her passion of evoking positive growth from within to provide dancers with an experience that will produce not only beautiful dancers, but focused, disciplined, assertive and positive youth.