Michelle moved to Bend, Oregon from Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband, Mike in 1996.
She studied tap and jazz since age four at Dixon Dance Studio, On Your Toes Studio, and at Ball State University. She founded Gotta Dance studio & company in 2001. She grew her business from a small, recreational, one room studio to an award winning, competition, three room dance studio before selling it in 2016 to pursue her new business, Mejaski Choreography. Over the past 20 years, Michelle has choreographed for: Cascade Theatrical Company, 2nd Street Theater, Topsoil Productions, Cat Call Productions, The Tower Theater, Obsidian Opera, Bend Opera, Shore Thing Productions, Lurking Squirrel Productions, Thoroughly Modern Productions, BEAT, MVHS, BHS, RHS, and RVHS. She is the proud director and choreographer for Theater in the Park. Her stage and choreography credits include: Cabaret, Chicago, The Producers, Little Shop of Horrors, Spring Awakening, A Chorus Line, Singing in the Rain, The Rocky Horror Show, Into the Woods, Jesus Christ Superstar and Kiss of the Spider Woman to name just a few!
Michelle is an award winning dancer who has had the privilege to train with instructors from Hollywood Vibe, New York City Dance Allice, L.A. Dance Force, NRG, and Manhattan Dance Project. She also travels to NYC to train at the Broadway Dance Center with her favorite instructors. Michelle has had the privilege to tap internationally. She has attended, performed in, and trained with tap legends such as Michele Dorrance, Sam Weber, and Dianna Walker at the Vancouver Tap Festival. Michelle has performed professionally with the troupe, Cirque du Musee. She was the first and only American to be accepted into the Croatian Tap Festival where she trained with Chloe Arnold of The Syncopated Ladies and Sara Reich of Post Modern Jukebox. Her most hilarious privilege was being a back-up dancer for Weird Al Yankovik!