Michelle Mejaski

Michelle founded Gotta Dance Studio and Company in 2001. She and her husband, Mike, moved to Oregon from Indianapolis, Indiana, where she had studied dance since age four at Dixon Dance Studio, On Your Toes Studio and at Ball State University.  Since moving to Bend, she has choreographed for most of the local schools and theaters.  Her choreography and stage credits include: Grease, FootLoose, The Rocky Horror Show, GodSpell, Singing in the Rain, A Chorus Line, Little Shop of Horrors, Cinderella, Annie, Beauty & the Beast, LaCage aux Folles, AIDA, Once Upon a Mattress, Les Miserable, Chicago, Cabaret, and The Producers!

Michelle has had the privilege of travelling and studying in New York City, as well as attending conventions, workshops and competitions. These opportunities have allowed her to study with tap greats such as Mike Minery, Tre' Holloway, Jason Samuels,  J.T. Hornestein, Sam Weber, Michelle Dorrance, Chloe Arnold, Sara Reich, Jessie Sawyers and the Hot Shot Tappers. 

Michelle is an award-winning tap dancer who has studied at and competed in various conventions, such as L.A. Dance Force, Monsters of Hip Hop, Hollywood Vibe, New York City Dance Alliance and Manhattan Dance Project.  She was also the first American to be accepted into the Crocatian Tap Festival, where she trained July, 2015.  As a professional dancer, her most hilarious privilege was to be a back-up dancer for Weird Al Yankovick!

Michelle is proud to continue instructing for the studio she founded and choreographing for Cat Call Productions, Shore Thing Productions, Opera Bend, Lurking Squirrel, Topsoil Productions, Limelight Entertainment and The Tower Theater.