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Dana Michel




Michel is a mover. Her training scales tip towards athletics. Before tossing herself into dance at twenty-five, she was competitively involved in track and touch football – pivotal in her constructions. Her work has been presented extensively since 2005 including several presentations at Tangente, on Mange ta Ville - a program on ARTV (RadioCanada), at DanceOff! PS122 - New York, at The Proving Ground – Salt Lake City and at The Festival of Choreographic Miniatures - Belgrade, Serbia. Her award-winning solo, "the greater the weight" was adapted to film by Mouvement Perpetuel and has been touring internationally since 2007.

A relative newcomer to contemporary dance, Dana has already been recognized for her achievements, winning the Studio 303 Best Dance Production prize at the Montreal Fringe Festival and the Montreal Hour's "Best in Dance" in 2005. In 2006, she was named "Best Emerging Choreographer" by the Globe and Mail. By popular vote, she’s been thrice listed in the Mirror's Best of Montreal (2008, 2009, and 2010) top ten choreographers. Most recently, the film version of "the greater the weight" won the jury prize for the best performance at the International Festival of Video Dance and Performance in Lisbon. "Michel… is a killer soloist who tackles the warped, frenetic and fierce rhythms of her piece with precision and fiery authority…" (InfiniteBody, 2007)


Spoken languages
English, French
Written languages
English, some French
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honours Contemporary Dance - Concordia University (Montreal - 2005)
Certificate Program, Masters of International Business Administration - École Superieure de Commerce de Reims (France - 1999)
Bachelor of Commerce, Honours Marketing and Human Resource Management - University of Ottawa (1999)
music, film, Light, Children, Jokes.