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Michele Goad

Instructor | 4th season with J’adore

Get to know Miss Michele:

  • 18 years of training in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary and lyrical.

  • Michele trained with Artistic Director, Lauren, for twelve years and then started the J’adore journey with Lauren, Alice and Katie in 2010 as a student.

  • Attended Thomas Dale’s Specialty Center Dance Program in high school.

  • Member of the J’adore Dance Project (2010-2012).

  • Attended James Madison University (GO DUKES!) on scholarship to their dance program and graduated in 2016 with a with a degree in Media Arts & Design.

  • During the day, Michele is a full-time web designer for a local credit union. Michele spends most of her day coding, so the dance studio is her outlet to be fun and creative.

  • Loves everything RVA; mostly her tiny apartment and the yummy restaurants.

What do you hope your students get out of your class and why do you love teaching at J’adore?
I hope they leave class feeling proud. The best part of being a teacher is watching your students improve as the year goes on and watching them have that moment of excitement and clarity when they get something they’ve been working so hard on. I also hope they know how special they are to me. I remember so clearly what it’s like to be a student and what a special bond you form with your teachers. 

I love teaching at J’adore because it’s my outlet to do what I absolutely love – dance. I loved my college years, but I always felt like something was missing from my life. Teaching at J’adore and being around the other talented teachers and students has reunited me with my passion in life. 

Describe your class at J'adore.
My goal is for the dancers to leave class feeling excited and confident. I do this by making class fun while focusing on strong and proper technique. A lot my class is based on what I learned growing up in this setting and I am grateful to continue to learn from the core staff of J’adore.