Michelle Blanton Strong, MFA
Instructional Assistant Professor
Michelle Blanton Strong, originally from Houston, Texas, and graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in dance. While attending Texas A&M she was a member of the pre-professional dance company, an officer in the Dance Honor Society, and awarded various honors for academic achievements in dance, performance, and leadership. Upon graduation, she joined the Armstrong/Bergeron Dance Company Inc., where she had the opportunity to perform in Mexico, New York, and throughout Texas. In addition to performing with the company, she assisted in educational outreach programs and aspects of production and costuming. She also had the opportunity to participate in various choreographic and collaborative endeavors with other artists.
Ms. Strong has attended the American Dance Festival since 2007 and was awarded a full scholarship from 2009-2012. Through her experiences at the American Dance Festival, she has performed works by Mark Dendy, Shani Nwando Ikerioha Collins, Gaspard Louis, Monica Bill Barnes, Mark Morris, Bill T. Jones, and Trebien Pollard. She has also studied with artists such as Brenda Daniels, Gerri Houlihan, Elisa Clark, Tatiana Baganova, Stafford Berry, Jr., Ming-Lung Yang, Jesse Zaritt, Linda Tarnay, and Neta Pulvermacher.
Ms. Strong received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Contemporary Dance from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. As an MFA student, she performed works by Gary Galbraith, DeWitt Cooper III, Kelli Sanford-Burgoon, James Hansen, Karen Potter, Sabatino Verlezza and Linda Kahn. She was featured in SHOCKWAVES, an experimental feature film by the 2011 Guggenheim Fellow, Kasumi. She also had the opportunity to perform as a guest artist with the Tikvah Company of Artists in Chicago, Illinois and with R.E.D. (Real Edge Dance Company) in Akron, Ohio.
Additionally, Ms. Strong has instructed classes at Case Western Reserve University, the American College Dance Festival, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and studios throughout Texas, Ohio and Nebraska. Her choreography has been seen at Mather Dance Center and the Cleveland Institute of Music in Cleveland, Ohio; as well as Rudder Auditorium and the Memorial Student Center in College Station, Texas. Ms. Strong was a guest artist with R.E.D. as well as Texas A&M University, where she taught classes and reconstructed an ensemble work. She is currently in the process of establishing NE Method Dance Theatre, a contemporary dance company in Nebraska.