michelle akapnitis

Michelle A.

New York, NY

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michelle delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 2+ and special needs

Teaching since:
February 2008

Hello Students!
Whether you are stepping into a dance studio for the first time or preparing for a stressful audition/performance I will help you achieve your goals-- and with a smile the entire time!

My name is Michelle and I have been dancing since I was seven years old. I was one of two graduates to earn my Bachelor of Fine Art in Dance/Dance Teaching from Columbia College Chicago in 2011.

I have worked throughout NYC the past 5 years as a professional modern dancer and dance teacher, at NYC's most prestigious institutions. My classes range anywhere from intro to ballet to creative movement. And with my strong classical training I'm sure to help with your turns and jumps! BUT do not fear... for my absolute beginners- If I can get a classroom of two year olds to move in the same direction I promise to be able to help you!

I currently work for American Ballet Theatre in development, where I help make all other dancer's dreams come true. When I am not teaching/tutoring/working at ABT, I am busy being a student of my own all over New York City. I love taking class at studios such as Steps on Broadway, Gina Gibney Dance Center, Peridance and Broadway Dance Center. It is here where I trained with the country's greatest dance teachers/choreographers to continue my never ending training in dance techniques and developments.

As a professional dancer, I understand the rigor that it takes to achieve your goals- That's why I work with my students one on one to achieve them! I have had the honor of training with the greatest dancers in the business to help me achieve my goals such as David Dorfman, Joe Goode, Alexandra Beller, Kendra Portier, and Oliver Steele.

Dancing and teaching dance are my greatest passions in life and I want to share them with students of all ages from 18 months to 100 years old!

Thank you for visiting my profile and I hope to teach you soon!

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether you are stepping into a dance studio for the first time or preparing for a stressful audition I will help you achieve those goals and with a smile the entire time!

I believe it is important to build a relationship between teacher and student or parent, teacher and student to develop a curriculum that best benefits you or your child. Each lesson is specially designed to achieve your personal goals in whatever style of dance you decide!

Come dance with me and we can fulfill those life long dreams of learning to dance and work towards a healthy and happy life!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I am happy to rent a professional studio space for you to enhance your private dance lesson. A studio space will provide us with ample room and proper flooring that is designed to dance on as well as mirrors to help you learn. These professional studios are scarce and must be booked well in advance. There also will be an increase in lesson price for these lessons to cover cost of the studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I come fully equipped with portable, wireless speakers and an iPod. I'm also happy to take music request or happy to use your iPod/iPhone as well!

*** Specialties ***
Modern, Jazz, Ballet

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Dance and Creative Movement Faculty
Aug 2013 - Present
Kinderdance NYC

I teach dance, creative movement and gymnastics to the in school and after school early childhood divisions at various private elementary schools in Manhattan.


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance
Sep 2007 - May 2011
Columbia College Chicago


Fluent / Native Proficiency

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5 Reviews

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Rachele R. Mar 3, 2014
Dance ·

Talented and passionate teacher

Michelle is the total package when looking for a dance teacher. Not only does she have a passion for dance and passing this on to her students. She is extremely professional. Her years of experience and study are evident in the way she approaches teaching. Michelle knows how the body works, and is able to explain things in a way that make sense to her students. I always have fun working with Michelle. She is a constant motivator. I feel like a more confident dancer having worked with Michelle. It truly is a gift.

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Debby M. Feb 26, 2014
Dance ·

Talented, knowledgeable, friendly

Michelle is a fabulous dance teacher. She is always enthusiastic, passionate and approachable. A delight to work with, she will make you feel comfortable regardless of your skill level. Highly recommended, you will not be disappointed!

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Jaclyn B. Feb 26, 2014
Dance ·


I have been dancing with Michelle for over 10 years. Michelle is professional and talented and just really awesome! If you want to take class from someone who will take the time to make sure you do your best, take from Michelle!

Jillian W. Feb 26, 2014
Dance ·

Michelle was AMAZING!

As a musical theatre performer who considers myself a singer/actor, I was looking to gain some awareness of my body and feel more comfortable going into dance auditions. Michelle did just that and more. I feel so confident now after working with her. It was a very fun and relaxed environment. I'm even recommending her to my non-performing friends for something different to try!

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Jimmy F. Feb 19, 2014
Dance ·

The product/service was great!

Michelle was a very informative and patient teacher. Her knowledge of the human anatomy not only got me into better shape but helped me have a better understanding of myself. I would highly recommend her for a first time student who has always wanted to give dance a try.

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