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Michelle Joyce is currently a working dancer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Formerly a social worker, she has used her counseling skills to develop workshops that help dancers to overcome stage fright, body image issues and and creative blockages.
In 2007, she edited and produced her first belly dance performance DVD, By Dancers For Dancers, a collaborative project by local dancers who had decided to stop waiting for someone else to "discover them" and took matters into their own hands. The success of this DVD launched Cheeky Girls Productions, a company that produces and distributes belly dance instructional and performance DVDs internationally.
She generously donates back to the belly dance world. Every holiday season she creates a $2,000 scholarship fund for dancers who are struggling with serious illness or caring for a sick loved one.
Workshops and performances in: Johannesburg, South Africa
Workshops and performances in: Ingram, Texas; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Fayetteville, Arkansas; Billings, Montana; Launceston, Tasmania, Australia; Brisbane, Australia, Sacramento, California
Workshop and performances in: Zagreb, Croatia; Torquay, England (Headliner at Celebrating Dance Festival); Tulsa, Oklahoma; Boise, Idaho
Judge - Belly Dancer of the Year Competition
Created Project Belly Dance (a reality show) Judge - Belly Dance Nationals Competition
Workshop and performances in: Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne, Australia
By Dancers For Dancers Live DVD Shoot - Berkeley, California
Workshop and performances in:
Torquay, United Kingdom;
Ixtapa, Mexico; Zagreb, Croatia; Tokyo, Japan
Founded Cheeky Girls Productions
Workshop and performance - Brisbane, Australia & Columbus Isle, The Bahamas
Gar Gazino - Istanbul, Turkey
Club Med - Antalya, Turkey
East Coast Classic Competition - 1st place - Virginia
Palace Grounds - Bangalore, India
North Valley Competition - 1st place
Sirens in Sanity Competition - 1st place
People's Choice Awards - 1st place
2003: Sayaji Hotel -
1999: Lounge DandyD - Nagoya,
1998: Orient Nightclub - Istanbul, Turkey
started her professional bellydance career while living in Istanbul,
Turkey. She studied under Sema
Yildiz, the Turkish dance legend, and became the headlining
act at The Orient Nightclub in Istanbul in 1998.
In 1999, she
moved to Australia, where she performed with the Harem Groove
Bellydance Troupe in Brisbane.
While in Australia, she was recruited
to bellydance at an upscale Japanese nightclub. She spent four
months living in Nagoya, Japan, performing on a nightly basis.
New Years Eve 2003 was her infamous
performance at the five star Sayaji Hotel in the
conservative city of Indore, India, which sparked protests and a riot. Her sold-out show was aired live throughout India. To read
more about Michelle's adventures in India, and the extremists
who protested at her show, visit the Gilded
Serpent or view the video podcast here.
Michelle has won several belly dance competitions including People's Choice Bellydance Awards (2004), Star Cabaret Performer (2006), Live Music Soloist (North Valley Compeition 2006), and East Coast
Classic Champion (2006).
In 2007, she
edited and produced her first belly dance performance DVD, By Dancers For Dancers, a collaborative project by local dancers who had decided to stop waiting for someone else to "discover them" and took matters into their own hands. The success of this DVD launched Cheeky Girls Productions, a company that produces and distributes belly dance instructional and performance DVDs internationally.
In 2010, she produced the world's first belly dance reality show, Project Belly Dance. It was distributed online and immediately went viral.
Michelle also designs websites and promotional material for fellow dancers. See samples of her work here.
Michelle frequently travels around the world to perform and to teach workshops.
Her critically acclaimed line of belly dance instructional DVDs continue to be top sellers worldwide.
Michelle is currently the house
bellydancer at several Middle Eastern restaurants and nightclubs
in the San Francisco Bay Area.
She is an experienced dance teacher
and certified personal trainer, and has always been very active
in sports, gymnastics and dance. She spent many years doing gymnastics
on horseback, for which she has won several national awards.
Michelle has a Masters in Counseling, and though she belly dances full-time, she uses her counseling skills to help dancers overcome stage fright and to improve their performance skills.
Michelle on the ABC show "View From The Bay"
Nadira and Michelle (left to right) perform
on an island in the center of a swimming pool
at Club Med on the Turkish Riviera in 2006.
Michelle doing gymnastics on horseback (she is on the left).
Baby Michelle shows off her Ballet.
Michelle's first place performance at the North Valley