Michelle Bernier holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Colorado Boulder. She has danced professionally with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Collective Motion, Life/Art Dance Ensemble, Cindy Brandle Dance Company, and others. Her choreography has been seen at Denver Art Museum, Dairy Arts Center, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. Her films have been screened in the U.S., Brazil, Trinidad & Tobago, and Sweden, and she now serves as the Executive Director and Artistic Co-Director of the Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema and Affiliate Faculty teaching Dance Film at Metro State University. Recently, Michelle has focused much of her creative energy toward teaching an inclusive, historically-informed, somatic approach to dance technique, as well as dance filmmaking, at universities, workshops, and private studios along the front range and beyond, including directing a noncompetitive youth touring ensemble.