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Michelle Chassé

Director, Musical Theater Dance Intensive (Extension Program) | Chair, Musical Theater Dance | Resident Choreographer | Jazz, Ballet Faculty

Michelle Chassé was principal dancer with Portland Ballet, Ballet New England and other local companies. She trained at the Boston Ballet School, studied privately with Maestro Vincenzo Celli and was on scholarship at the School of American Ballet in New York City. Chassé graduated cum laude with a B.F.A. in dance performance from The Boston Conservatory, where she was the first recipient of the prestigious Ruth Sandholm Ambrose Award. Since then, she has both studied and performed with ballet, concert dance and Broadway legends from around the world.  

Chassé has performed as a guest artist with Franklin Performing Arts, Granite State Ballet, was a featured ballet dancer in a VH1 video starring Michael Crawford and has been a featured jazz dancer and model for numerous television commercials and industrials. She has performed openings for Gregory Hines and Harry Connick Jr., among others. Chassé's choreography has been seen in Boston Conservatory Musical Theater productions, including Side Show (New England premiere), Anyone Can Whistle, Street Scene, Crazy For You, Wild Party, West Side Story and Rent. She served as associate choreographer for The Boston Conservatory’s production of Chicago, and as principal choreographer for the world premieres of Andrei Petrov’s The Captain’s Daughter and Joe Jackson’s Heaven and Hell, as well as The Boston Conservatory’s critically acclaimed production of Leonard Bernstein’s CandideChassé's choreography has also been seen at The Performance Lab (World Premiere) and at The Barnstormers, where she was nominated for best choreography for Babes In ArmsShe has also performed and choreographed for the nationally recognized Boston Gay Men’s Chorus (BGMC), and is a highly sought-after guest artist performer and master teacher.  

Chassé is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from The Boston Conservatory, where she serves as dance instructor, resident choreographer, musical theater dance coordinator and director of the Musical Theater Dance Intensive, a new Extension Program launched in the summer of 2011.

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