A native of Dallas, Texas, Michelle trained and performed with the Dallas Ballet from 1983 to 1989. She joined the San Francisco Ballet School in 1989 and the San Francisco Ballet in 1991. She danced with the San Francisco Ballet for nine years with one year abroad dancing in Copenhagen with the Royal Danish Ballet.
She has guest taught at several schools in the Portland/Vancouver area. Currently, Michelle is on the faculty and serves as the registrar and assistant to the artistic director, Nancy Davis, at The Portland Ballet. She, her husband Jason, and their three children have enjoyed living in Portland for the last seven years.