In 2013, Michelle Jueney was nominated by Professor Alkis Raftis and became the first and only Malaysian to become a member of Counceil International de la Danseuse (CID) UNESCO.
.Michelle is trained in Odissi, loves music and started moving at a very young age. She got the opportunity to study at the Yamaha School of Music at the age of 3. After not being able to control her love for dance trapped in her living room, her parents decided to start Michelle with Ballet at the age of 6. Michelle grew up on stage performing Ballet since the age of 8 from the Federal Academy of Ballet, Malaysia finishing her examinations under the certification of Imperial Society of Teacher’s of Dancing (ISTD). She had received the Honours award for her Grade 5 Ballet Examinations. Michelle decided to continue her dance journey to Latin American Dancing scoring almost full marks in back-to-back examinations and competed in competitions winning medals while completing her BA (Honours) Degree in Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art, UK. Upon returning to Malaysia, she continued her dance path at Sutra Dance Theatre in Odissi, the oldest Indian classical danceform in India and has never looked back since.
Michelle did her first performance after 8 months in ‘Alarippu to Moksha’ and has toured ‘Spellbound’, ‘Vision of Forever’ and ‘Odissi Stirred’ productions to Europe, US (United Nations, Carnegie Hall), India, Cambodia, Singapore and Malaysia for the past 13 years to date. Michelle performed her solo at The International Odissi Festival, Rabindra Mandap, India in 2011 to great response. Michelle as a soloist represented Malaysia at the 36th World Dance Congress, Saint Petersburg, Russia, the III International Folklore Festival, Siberia as a jury member and performer and the 38th World Dance Congress, Japan as a performer and conducted workshops.
PRODUCTIONS & FESTIVALS
As an independent artist, Michelle has produced “Rasa Odissi’ a solo program, ‘An Odissi Allure’ an international Odissi dance production, choreographed, directed and worked with live musicians in ‘Navarasa’ with Syd Johann on guitar’, ‘Merah’ with Theban Arumugam on mridangam and Jeffrey Leong on the GuZheng’ and ‘Moonlight in the City with Malaysia’s Jazz Pianist Tay Cher Siang’. Her other credits include participating in The Light in Winter Festival & performing an Odissi solo feature in ‘Duet’, a collaboration with Tim Crafti at DanceHouse, Melbourne, 2013. Her other performances include the Georgetown Festival, Penang, the 4th & 5th Melaka Arts and Performance Festival 2013 & 2014 and the Kuala Lumpur Lunar Street Festival 2013 & 2014 creating new works and collaborating with various international artists to date. Michelle has been exposed to Contemporary dance working with Scarlett Perdereau, London (2009), Battery Dance Company, NY (2010), The Tony Yap Company (performance art), Chunky Move (COUNTERTECHNIQUE), Melbourne (2013) and was the first to organize a CounterTechnique workshop in Malaysia (2014). Her latest endeavour was to pay Tribute to Senior Female Dance Pioneers in Malaysia and provide a platform for female dance artistes to showcase their work in ‘She Moves Me’.
Michelle currently works as a visionary, ideator, artistic director, dance artiste, choreographer, dance educator, producer and designer. Michelle Jueney is also a certified Xtend Barre instructor, Yoga IYIC (International Yoga Instructor Course 150 hours) and Pilates instructor. Michelle endeavors to promote the Arts, is an advocate for Dancer’s Protection Rights and will forever be in the blissful state Dance.
The KLMovement was established in 2013 by Michelle Jueney for Artistes, the Arts and All.
KEY HIGHLIGHT PERFORMANCES