Michelle and Dance Debut
Michelle Greenwell has been owner, director and principal instructor of Dance Debut Inc. for over 3 decades. An author, lyricist and program developer for creating healthy bodies, she is always bringing innovative and creative ways of teaching and learning to her students.
Her classes are focused in three areas: Dance, Tai Chi, and Healing Arts.
Dance includes: weekly classes, workshops, and retreats. Her warm-ups include The Feet First System and Dance YINtegration based on her development of programs from research and experience. She presents to Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Stepdance, Highland, Musical Theatre, and Contemporary. She includes many aspects of Touch for Health, Applied Kinesiology, Circuits Alive Muscle Tuning, and more in her techniques. Her special development of the Feet First System, Ocean Oasis, Learning Techniques, Injury Recall Technique, Dermatomes, Shock Absorbers and Biomechanics have created destinct programming that meets the needs of dancers and supports their goals and challenges. Michelle works with dancers as young as 1 to grand-parenthood, and has taught dance companies like the Pre-professional Dancers at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks in Calgary, Tri Tone Productions in Calgary, at many studios across the country, and at Limerick University in Ireland (Contemporary, Irish, Stepdance, Music Therapy, Dance Therapy and Faculty).
Tai Chi includes: Tai Chi Cape Breton based on Master Moy Lin Shin’s 108 Moving Meditation, Loh Kup and Sitting Form. These classes are held weekly in Mabou, Judique, Port Hawkesbury and Belle Cote. And, Michelle has created an exceptional program in learning and understanding movement through Tai Chi: Qi YINtegration. She has created a 5 Element Tai Chi Set with Sound and Color that involves basic movement exercises as well as background in understanding the Meridians, Elements, Chakras, Auric Field, Hara Line, Assemblage Point and more. Her protocols produce deep levels of shifting movement patterns and opening up the body for new possibility in movement and energy. Her programs are good for all levels of abilities, and classes are open to beginner to advanced students. Michelle has studied Moy Tai Chi since 1996, and became an instructor in the spring of 1998. Also, studying Qi Gong and Loh Kup for her personal growth, Michelle applies all of these principals back to movement and dance.
Healing Arts: Coming from several injuries through her dance career, Michelle has focused the last 15 years of her career on finding ways to understand how the body moves, how the body compensates, and how simple and profound tools can completely change the way the body functions and feels. Her focus is on bringing movement to the forefront for healing and she specializes in using her understanding of energy in the body and exploring how systems are functioning. Michelle is currently completing her Master’s degree from Akamai University in CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) specializing in Energy Kinesiology. Her thesis involves research with her Feet First System, and its significance in both her Qi YINtegration and Dance YINtegration programs. Michelle also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in CAM specializing in Energy Dynamics from Akamai University, a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Calgary specializing in child development and sports psychology, a Master’s in Handwriting Analysis from the International Graphoanalysis Society, a Touch for Health Instructor, a Circuits Alive Instructor, and a Therapeutic Touch Level 3 healer. Michelle also utilizes the power of the singing bowls, Hapi drum, Sound Therapy, and Sound Essences in her classes and private sessions. Her studies have brought her to many of the leading healers in their fields and she brings their tips and tools to her toolbox as well.
As an author and a lyricist, Michelle has produced many writings to share her ideas with others. My Little Black Book of Qi: Qi YINtegration Set 1, is an introductory program to muscle testing and isolating movement ideas to repattern the body for optimum movement as well as energy building. The book is in hard copy as well as e-book, and there are several videos to allow for special tips and visuals to help with the exercises. Check out the items in the store. My Little Black Book of Energy, which highlights the tips and tools Michelle used across a decade of exploration to heal her own aches and pains is in e-book format, as well as hard copy with videos available to accompany the many exercises found in this easy read for many aspects of healing. You can also find many more videos available on YouTube under Michelle Greenwell. Michelle is currently working on her next book: “My Little Black Book of Feet” exploring the Feet First System, with her Youtube videos and her Thesis research. This book will be ready for print later in 2018.
Michelle also has produced a Dance Coloring Book and 3 Thematic Teaching Manuals for dance and school teachers: “Dancing in the Kitchen”, “Dancing under the Big Top”, and “Ships Ahoy”. In 2006, Michelle published her first imaginative dance story, “Stacey on the Keyboard” and a CD by the same title, recorded with Dan Devion (Dan the Music Man). She has also created a complete Imagination Kit for teachers to expand their creativity in the classroom. Her second children’s story, “Peter on the Drums,” utilizing rhythm ideas and tap dance, continued this theme and was published in April of 2010.
As a Dance Specialist, Michelle has led workshops, adjudicated festivals, conducted examinations for in-studio exams, and taught dance programs in the public school system as well as Arts programs. She has also developed programs for home-schoolers and worked as a dance and music specialist in a Montessori Preschool in Cochrane, Alberta.
Advancing her trainings in tap dance, Michelle has spent special learning time with Heather Cornell, Josh Hilberman, Jeannie Hill, Bril Barrett, MacKenzie Greenwell, Jeni Legon and many other dance legends. She has concentrated her jazz and tap style to follow the traditional style of Decidedly Jazz Danceworks in Calgary and Jump Rhythm Jazz Projects of Chicago under the tutelage of Billy Seigenfeld. As well, she has been influenced by the healing work of Jazz Legend Lynn Simonson of New York.
Her stepdance studies have seen her in Cape Breton every summer since 1998, with instruction focused on Mary Janet MacDonald, Mac Morin, Melody Cameron, Wendy MacIsaac, and Andrea Beaton, and now she resides there full time.
She held her Members certification with the Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance, has her Grade 9 Conservatory of Music for Piano and has her Grade 3 Harmony Theory.
As a Touch for Health instructor since 2004, Michelle has studied with many specialists over the years to advance her training in allergies, nutrition, movement, posture analysis, primary reflexes, birthing reflexes, sound and frequency, emotions and more. Studying with Svetlana Masgatova since 2005, Michelle has been integrating the MNRI principals of primary reflex development into her dance techniques to assist her students with their brain integration, body coordination and goal setting. Michelle was a dance specialist at Svetlana’s camp in Vancouver in August 2008, where she was able to reinforce the new movement patterns that the participants were adopting by using dance techniques and styles. Michelle has also studied with Wayne Topping (Allergies, Biomechanics, advanced techniques), Charles Krebs (Brain health, Advanced Physiology), Dr. Sheldon Deal (Applied Kinesiology Shortcuts 1-3, and The Endocrine System), Evelyn Mulders (Healing with Herbs, Sound Essences, Circuits Alive Muscle Tuning), Greg Webb (Touch for Health levels 1-4, Hyperton-X, Ear Candling), Carolyn Sutherland (Medical Intuitive), Diane May (Advanced Therapeutic Touch), Cherry Whitaker (Therapeutic Touch), Mary Jo Bulbrook (Dean of CAM at Akamai University), and Melinda Connors (Research instructor with Akamai University).
Currently Michelle is researching and building programs with movement and healing in mind. The launch of the 7 part series in Qi YINtegration is a new beginning with on line courses. As well, Michelle is currently working on her Master’s Thesis with Akamai University in Energy Kinesiology with Complementary and Alternative Medicine. As well you can find the 2018 Calendar: One Step to Change Direction, a performing arts project with Dr. Mats Melin of Limerick University in Ireland. They have a special facebook page and group with activities and intentions for using the arts to change the health and wellness of the individual.
In addition, Michelle shares Intend2RaeD8 business with Natascha Polomski. Together they have created a line of TEA that is based on the healing power of herbs, intentions and the 5 Element Cycles of Chinese Medicine. Their special blends are available on Facebook: Intend2RaeD8, and are shared through workshops and Health fairs. The 7 blends available include: Apple Passion, Power Pack, Liberty Wine (Fire Element), Symphony of the Earth (Earth Element), Thyme Passages (Metal Element), Rising Tides (Water Element), Releasing the Warrior (Wood Element).
As a teacher, Michelle enjoys helping others find the confidence and courage to be the best they can be. She understands how the body works and how goals can be set and reached. She is confident with her abilities to share information and is not afraid to tell it like it is. She realizes the depth that dancers must reach into themselves to bring out their best performance and she embraces the opportunities to share this when adjudicating or conducting workshops.
Presently, the new program for Health being created by Michelle is The K.E.Y. to Health with Energy Medicine: Kinetic Energy YINtegration. This includes her Feet First System with two distinct sets, as well as the involvement of her passion for Tai Chi and Qi Gong with Qi YINtegration, which includes several distinct sets. Dance YINtegration develops a new learning and warmup approach for dancers to understand their learning styles, their challenges, and their strengths. Through specifically prepared exercises, dancers have a new vocabulary to take care of their body before a workout, during presentation, and after a workout. And, on the horizon is Heart of the Hand, for opening up more possibility for strength, flexibility and movement changes for the body but through the hand.
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For more information about Michelle, have a look at her Facebook page here!. You can also find her on the pages: Dance Debut Inc, Qi YINtegration, The KEY to Health with Energy Medicine, Feet First System, Tai Chi Cape Breton, Intend2RaeD8, One Step to Change Direction and Tessellation Integration Healing.