Michelledana Shafran is a dancer, performer, choreographer, percussionist, singer, and certified yoga teacher with a Master of Science Degree in Dance/Movement Therapy.
Michelledana Shafran has been dancing and performing for 38 years and has been teaching and choreographing movement since the age of 15. Dance training began when Michelledana was six years old, with jazz and ballet, and by her 20s had expanded to include modern and West African dance. Michelledana has since extensively studied and performed a variety of other dance styles, including Israeli folk and ballroom dance at studios in NYC, Tel Aviv, and in the Hudson Valley.
Michelledana has worked with people young and old in community centers, schools, camps, hospitals, and nursing homes, producing dance shows for holidays and special festive events. Teaching, choreographing, and performing nationally and internationally has gifted Michelledana with an immense understanding and appreciation of the incredible mechanics and wonders of body movement in relationship with emotional expression through inspired physical reactions so wonderfully manifesting into art.
Michelledana has been practicing yoga for over 25 years and became a Certified Yoga Teacher in 2012, studying with Bonnie Ringer, who studied under Sri Dharma Mittra. Michelledana has been continuously teaching yoga to both adults and children in the Hudson Valley since that time. She joyfully invites musicians in to accompany the classes so as to include live audio aesthetic to further enhance one’s vibratory and energetic awareness. Incorporating her extensive experience with dance performance and choreography, through caring, thoughtful, and creative instruction, Michelledana gently encourages and positively inspires people of all ages, shapes, and sizes, to move and be moved.