Michelle May - Mar. 2015 Judges' Choice

I have been dancing since I was very little around 4 or 5 years old, but started getting more serious about it when I was 10.  I don't have a set studio where I study dance. But I go to the Monday Night Tap Experience in L.A. where every week there is a different teacher so it's a learning experience for both students and teachers. I study all types of dance: ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, African -- but hip-hop is my second favorite behind tap. 

I would like to acknowledged Sarah Reich, Melinda Sullivan, Chloe and Maud Arnold, and Gregg Russell, and Ted Louis Levy. 

YoungArts Week was such an amazing experience especially being in the same room as the most talented young artists in the nation. It was so inspiring to see everybody's talents and it was breathtaking. The mentorship in the week helped me so much in my performance as well as carrying on to future performances. It changed my life forever. 

I would say to younger dancers preparing for a performance or competition to leave your heart on the stage. I think that the dances that pull me in are the ones that I can really feel how they feel and connect to the story they are telling. 

The reason I dance is because it’s a way of expressing myself that I feel most comfortable. Other dancers though inspire me all the time -- especially in the tap community. I just got back from the DC Tap Fest directed by Chloe and Maud Arnold and I am always inspired by all the tap dancers I see again or meet from around the world.  

I am planning to go to college Fall 2015 and major in dance and hopefully connect dance and cinematic arts. 

Thank you so much again.