Michelle De Brouwer was first introduced to formal dance training at the town hall of the farming community in Ridgetown, Ontario. Since jumping into her first ballet class at 3 years of age, Michelle has not stopped dancing. She became a member of the Windsor City Ballet Company and joined the Company on their tour of Italy and Japan. She then graduated from the University of Waterloo with an Honours Degree in Dance. Following that, Michelle cut off her bun and moved to Toronto to continue her dance training at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre.
Michelle has had the pleasure of working with choreographers Susan Cash, Pamela Grundy, David Earle, Denise Duric, Janet Johnson, Shannon Cooney, Julia Aplin, Michael Sean Marye, Serge Bennethan and Susie Burpee.
Michelle has taught dance for over 20 years and is a certified teacher with a teaching diploma from the Royal Academy of Dance. She holds an Associate certiificate with the Society of Russian Ballet and she is an American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
Michelle is a member of Company Blonde Dance Projects, a dance company of five women. Company Blonde was the brainchild of Michelle and since its inception in 1999 she has acted as choreographer, dancer and producer.
Michelle is an enthusiastic dance educator. For eight years she taught workshops for the National Ballet of Canada’s outreach program and was a faculty member at George Brown College Dance Department from 1998-2004.
Michelle continues to train and study through workshops in Pre School dance, Ballet, Modern and Body Conditioning taught by master teachers such as Paula Morgan, Diane Millar, Marcia Dale Weary, and Bonnie Papadopoulos, to name a few. Her extra training takes her to the National Ballet School of Canada to intensives throughout North America. Michelle has taught in various dance schools and for the last 15 years is thrilled to be the Founder and Director of her own dance school – Swansea School of Dance.