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Michelle Johnston has, without a doubt, established herself as one of the industry’s finest dancers, choreographers and movement coaches. With over 20 years in the business, her talents can be seen on television, film, and stage working with such stars as John Travolta, Cate Blanchett, Jack Lemmon, Jane Krakowski, and Adam Sandler, to name a few. Michelle earned rave reviews as the staff choreographer for NBC’s hit drama “American Dreams” and followed that by working on the first season of “Mad Men”. Most recently, Michelle’s work can be seen in ABC Family’s new series “Baby Daddy”. Her film work includes the beautiful ballet scenes in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” directed by David Fincher and the more recent “Gangster Squad” directed by Reuben Fleischer and “Tron: Legacy” directed by Joseph Kosinski.
It’s obvious when you see Keanu Reeves and the entire football team as they let loose in “The Replacements” and Walter Matthau and Christine Baranski dancing cheek to cheek in the “Odd Couple II”, that Michelle can make anyone and everyone look great dancing. As choreographer on Madonna’s “Who’s That Girl” World Tour and choreographing segments of the “Girlie Show” World Tour, Michelle took her talent to a whole new level. In the music world Michelle has worked with artists including Alicia Keys, Ritchie Sambora, Lil’ Kim, Hillary Duff, and Kelly Rowland. Michelle has also been in demand on Broadway, working with Oscar nominated actress, Lesley Ann Warren in “Dream” not to mention touring with the Tony Award winning show “Fosse” in one of the lead roles. With a reputation as dancer extraordinaire, she is still highly sought after as a performer and can be seen in the Oscar Award winning film “Chicago” and “Southpaw” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Antoine Fuqua.
In front of the camera or behind the scenes, Michelle’s experience and reputation clearly speak for themselves. When not busy dancing and choreographing, Michelle runs her specialty handbag line “The Booty Bag by Katherine Emerson” that’s distributed by Allegro and will be available for sale on QVC and in retail stores in early 2015.