A Chat With Michelle Ramos-Burkhart

Q: Could you tell us a bit about your training and career and how they’ve influenced you as a teacher?

I started dancing at the age of 5, strictly ballet. I danced for several ballet companies early in my career. After a foot injury, I was unable to dance en pointe any longer so I started working in the commercial dance arena dancing for Disney and doing music videos and large cale production shows.

 Q: What’s your favorite thing about teaching?

 I learn just as much from the students in class every week. They are all inspiring and intelligent and bring so much of themselves into the class every week, it is truly an honor to teach these amazing students and adults!

Q: What interests do you have outside of dance?

The other passion in my life outside dance is law and sports. I am a licensed attorney and work in civil rights/ criminal justice work. As a young dance I was discouraged from participating in sports as a child so in my adult years I enjoy competing in races, marathons, triathlons and endurance sports.

 Q: What’s been your favorite moment as an artist? 

Being able to see my students go on to professional dance careers including my daughter Ellenore Scott.

 Q: Any quick words of advice to your students?

Dance will always be in your life, you may not think so now, but enjoy your time at the barre now and hold on to the love you have for the art form, it will never leave you and will fill your life for as long as you want it to. Not everyone gets to do what they love, you are one of the lucky ones!