Michelle Netzloff-Luna fell in love with dance at the age of three; forty-eight years later, she is still as passionate about it as ever. She began her formative ballet training in Florida, where she danced many of the roles from Nutcracker with The Gainesville Civic Ballet. One of Michelle’s best memories was having the honor of sharing the stage in 1974 with guest artists Peter Martins and Suzanne Farrell. Michelle studied jazz, tap, and creative movement and musical theater. After a move to Michigan in 1979, she continued her dance training at University of Michigan School of Dance, where she studied modern, and she then studied jazz at the Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Center in Chicago.
In 1987 she was accepted at California Institute of the Arts, where she completed her BFA in Dance. During her term at CalArts, she had master classes with notable dancers and choreographers from the distinguished companies of Alvin Ailey, American Ballet Theater, Bella Lewitsky, Bill T. Jones, Hubbard Street Dance, Joffrey Ballet, Mark Morris, Momix, New York City Ballet, Paul Taylor, Royal Ballet, Twyla Tharp, and Urban Bush Women. After graduation, Michelle performed with several modern dance companies including Santa Barbara Dance Theatre in Santa Barbara, Moving Arts Dance Company, and New Urban Dance Company in San Francisco. She continued her ballet training with Richard Cammack of San Francisco Ballet, and her modern training at Alonzo King Lines, ODC in San Francisco and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center in Berkeley, until her move to the Monterey Peninsula in January 2015.
In addition to dance, Michelle is trained in Pilates and Yoga, and holds licensing and certification in Massage Therapy, where she has owned her own business since 1995, and specializes in the injury rehab field of Soft Tissue Release. She is a published author and actively writes with the Walnut Creek Writer’s Guild. She also enjoys drawing and painting, meditation, and the beach. Michelle currently resides in Pacific Grove with her husband Michael, her daughter Sierra and her son Cody. She is eager to share her seasoned experience and love of dance. Michelle believes there is no higher honor than inspiring kids to follow their heart and find their passion.