Michelle Giordanelli trained at the High School for Performing and Visual Arts, Hope Stone, Inc., and Houston Metropolitan Dance Center in Houston, TX before attending California State University at Long Beach where she danced for Lorin Johnson on the creation of a new piece after high school. She recently graduated summa cum laude with a BFA dance degree from SUNY Purchase in which she has had the opportunity to perform works by Johannes Wieland, Doug Varone, Bill T. Jones, Stephen Petronio, Merce Cunningham, and numerous student choreographers. Michelle studied for a semester at Amsterdam School of the Arts where she performed a new work by Ugo Dehas, and has participated in summer workshops including Impulstanz, Thodos Dance Chicago, Doug Varone and Dancers, and Bates. While in NYC she had the pleasure of working with Lane Co Arts, and since moving to Chicago she is thrilled to be a part of The Leopold Group’s next project.
My favorite dancing movie is: I’ll have to say Center Stage just because it felt so monumental in my youth.
My favorite non-dancing movie is: I’m cheating for this one, because it’s too hard to choose. I absolutely adore Quentin Tarantino as a director. I love stylized film and complex characters.
When I’m not dancing I like to: read, paint, hike, cook, learn guitar, practice yoga…..basically learn a little more about myself, observe the world around me, and challenge what I know every day.
My favorite food: Sugar in all its forms. It’s my greatest curse.
Something you might not know about me is: I collect fortune cookie sayings. Someday I’ll make a dance piece about how all of my fortunes eventually came true in some capacity.