Michelle Russell

Michelle R.

Bronx, NY

Lesson Details



Michelle delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
June 2013

Michelle grew up in Miami, Florida and developed a deep love for movement at a very young age. She graduated with a B.F.A. in Dance (with honors) and a minor in business from the Florida State University and while there performed work by choreographers including Larry Keigwin, Martha Graham, Gerri Houlihan, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. After graduating she became certified in Pilates Mat (Balanced Body) and relocated to New York City to pursue her career as a professional dancer. Since moving to NY, she has had the pleasure of working with JKing Dance Company and Sleep No More among many other performing artists in the city. She is a NASM certified personal trainer and will soon be certified as a corrective exercise instructor.

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Ballet Teacher
Sep 2005 - May 2007
The DanceXchange

I taught children ranging from ages 3 to 10. Beginner to intermediate level ballet. Every year, this cultivated into a short ballet dance for recital


B.F.A. in Dance/ Minor in Business
Aug 2009 - May 2013
Florida State University
High School Diploma
Aug 2005 - Jun 2009
New World School of the Arts


Certified Personal Trainer
Oct 2015

Certified under the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a fitness professional. Helping clients live a healthy and optimal lifestyle with a system based on scientific, evidence-based research.

Pilates Mat Instructor
May 2013
Balanced Body

Pilates Mat Instruction Certification

Photos & Videos

Photo by Michelle R.


2 Reviews

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Zuzana B. Apr 22, 2015
Dance · In home

Michelle is great! Very helpful, makes you feel at ease, and obviously an awesome dancer.

Michael W. Jul 3, 2014
Dance · In home

I had to attend a buddy's Wedding. I'm in my fifties and never been a good dancer. When I attended Wedding receptions two to three decades ago, I would manage to get through the dancing, sort of. This time, however, there was no getting around it. I would have to know how to dance because the woman that was accompanying me to the Wedding and reception was a Dance minor in College! I had a month to get it together so I contacted Michelle through Take Lessons.

Michelle is a patient knowledgeable teacher. She started me with basic dancing steps to “Panda Bear - Doin' it Right .” The basic dance steps that Michelle taught me can be used for virtually all Rock/Disco/Techno music that you will encounter. The tempos might vary, but the steps remain the same. When I became more proficient Michelle taught me line dances such as the “Macarena” and the “Cha Cha Slide.”

When I attended the Wedding reception with the Dance minor, I was confident and comfortable on the Dance floor thanks to Michelle!

Highly Recommended.

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