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micheleMichelle Puskas graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance from Rutgers University Mason Gross School of The Arts. She is a company member with Syncopated City Dance Company, a NYC based company taking inspiration from the jazz dances of the 1920’s-1950’s, and is a regular dancer for “Monday Nights at the Rainbow Room”. Michelle is the choreographer for the Discover Opera program at the Manhattan School of Music, The Young Scholars at Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival and Black Box Studios. Her dance credits include “A Jazz Happening” with Chet Walker, Cirque du Soleil’s “Poetic Social Mission”, “Jazz at Lincoln Center Spring Gala” (swing), Microsoft’s Launch Party for X-Box Kinect, “Midsummer Night Swing” at Lincoln Center, “Frankie 100 Celebration” at the Edison Ballroom, and “Dance Legends” at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

misha3Miss Michelle is a dedicated teacher and choreographer committed to her students at TFDC. The students designed a gift for Miss Michelle with each of her students contributing a word or phrase to describe her. In her students’ words: “Encouraging”, “To Teach is One Thing, To Inspire is Another”, “Kind”, “Crazy Blonde”, “A True Artist”, “Stylish”, “The Strongest Woman I Know”, “Original”, “Talented”, “Smiley”, “Joyful”, “Beautiful”, “Unpredictable”, “Fierce & Fabulous”, “Loveable”. Just a few examples….


Please visit Misha’s website (michellepuskas.com) to see a full list of her performance credits including the amazing choreographers that she has had an opportunity to work with. In addition she is a certified “BBX Hardcore” Fitness Trainer and teaches classes for athletes and fitness enthusiasts.

I am proud to say that, Misha (Michelle) has been my student since she was six years old. Michelle epitomizes the heart and spirit of a dancer as she follows her dreams into a professional career. I am thrilled to have her on my staff as Take Flight Dance Center trains a new generation of dancers wanting to “Take Flight” into their dreams.