KEY HIGHLIGHT PERFORMANCES
Carnegie Hall, New York
United Nations, New York
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Muscat Film Festival, Oman
Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Yussuff Izzuddin Shah Ghafarullahu-lah, GCB, KStJ
the ninth Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia and his Raja Permaisuri Bainun
Honours Award for Intermediate Ballet from The Imperial Society of Teachers Dancing (ISTD) Examinations, UK
Bronze and Silver medals at ULU Ballroom Latin Dance Competitions, UK
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.
Ambassador for Circular Economy Club, Kuala Lumpur.
DEGREE & QUALIFICATIONS
BA (Honours) Design, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London.
Certification in Classical Ballet from Imperial Society of Teachers Dancing (ISTD), UK & Royal Academy of Ballet (RAD), UK | Yoga IYIC 150 hours | Pilates instructor
Michelle specialises in Odissi dance, loves music and started articulating movement at a very young age. She got the opportunity to study at the Yamaha School of Music, Malaysia 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 and moved on to complete her Ballet. 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 being 1 of the 2 Malaysians that was selected to get into this top art college. Michelle was also one of the selected 20 design students who was chosen to exhibit her design work at the Saint Martins Gallery in her second year. Upon returning to Malaysia, she continued her dance path at Sutra Dance Theatre, Kuala Lumpur in Odissi, the oldest Indian classical danceform in India whilst assisting the dance company in their design and production work and has never looked back since.
Michelle did her first performance after once a week classes for 8 months in ‘Alarippu to Moksha’ and has toured ‘Spellbound’, ‘Vision of Forever’ and ‘Odissi Stirred’ productions to Austria, Italy, USA (United Nations, Carnegie Hall, Washington DC, Houstan), covering almost the whole of India, Cambodia, Singapore and Malaysia in the span of 10 years during her time at Sutra Dance Theatre, Kuala Lumpur. 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 and many more professional dance and music festivals in Greece, Australia and numerous occasions to Japan as a performer and conducted dance workshops.
PRODUCTIONS & FESTIVALS, CHOREOGRAPHY
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). In 2016, Michelle paid ‘Tribute to Senior Female Dance Pioneer’ in Malaysia, the first being Madam Lee Lee Lan, the first woman to teach ballet in the Klang Valley. Michelle Jueney provided a platform for female dance artistes to showcase their work in ‘She Moves Me’. Then in 2017, she created ‘TarikitaTum’ to chart her journey of how she entered the world of Indian Classical Dance in this unique production working with Joanna Bessey, Malaysia‘s renown theatre actress. Michelle’s latest success is a commissioned work for her to create a dance ‘ IamDurga’ for Lisa Von Tang’s new collection launch, Singapore at the Straits Clan, 2018. This gave rise to another dance opportunity to create a new work for the art exhibition launch of ‘Indian Ocean’ by Shailly Gupta‘s organised by TeaBirdOrganic, Bangsar. In the same year, Michelle made her dreams come true by bringing other Malaysian dancers with her on an international dance tour to Greece giving other Malaysian dancers the opportunity for an international dance tour. In 2019, Michelle Jueney continued her dance journey to Japan and Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. She has most recently appeared on the cover of KL LIFESTYLE magazine and is featured in a 6-page cover story to mark her success as a dancer.
TV & FILM
Michelle has appeared on CNN whilst with Sutra Dance Theatre and on her own interviewed and performed live on the most popular programme in Russia called ‘The Morning Show’ in Siberia, Russia, she has been the main feature together with Chef Shearson Lian by ‘OhBulan’, main feature for AirAsia TVC Digital Media for ‘Malaysia Day’ and most recently in 2018 an interview and live performance for NTV7 ‘The Feel Good Show’ and later in the same year their Deepavali segment.
CHARITIES AND COMMUNITY WORK
Michelle has a Children’s Education Fund she created (see The KLMovement Fund), has worked with Women‘s Aid Organisation (WAO) giving Yoga classes and as an educator at the Enfiniti Academy’s Outreach Speech & Drama Highly Immersive programme (HIP) to outskirt schools in Pensinsular Malaysia under Yayasan Sime Darby supported by the Ministry of Education Malaysia and recently on her own to India independently teaching at Abhiyan Bharat Foundation who cares for 3 underprivileged schools in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
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.