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Photo Credit: Blaine Truitt Covert


A lifelong choreographer, Michelle Manzanales has had the great pleasure and honor of making dances for artists of all ages, schools, studios, colleges, universities, and companies across the U.S. throughout her more than 30-year career in the field.

CriticalDance writes that Manzanales’ choreography “…isn’t just about one girl’s experience; it applies to everyone, of any gender, and of any culture.”

Manzanales’ most recent commissions include Hope is the Thing with Feathers for the Paul Taylor Dance Company which premiered June 14, 2022 at the Joyce Theater and Mirror, Mirror for Oregon Ballet Theatre, which premiered at the Newmark Theater June 3, 2022.

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Paul Taylor Dance Company
Hope is the Thing with Feathers

Hope is the Thing with Feathers premiered at The Joyce Theater on June 14, 2022 and has since been performed at the American Dance Festival at Page Auditorium at Duke University, July 1 & 2, 2022.

Oregon Ballet Theater
Mirror, Mirror

Michelle Manzanales' new commission for OBT,

Mirror, Mirror premiered as part of The Americans Series June 3 - 11, 2022 at the Newmark Theatre alongside Darrell Grand Moultrie’s whimsical Fluidity of Steel celebrating maleness without conformity;

and Ashley Roland and Jamey Hampton’s Big Shoes

Ballet Hispánico
Con Brazos Abiertos

Michelle Manzanales explores with humility, nostalgia, and humor the iconic Mexican symbols that she was once reluctant to embrace as a Mexican American child growing up in Texas. Intertwining the essence of folkloric dance with her distinctly contemporary movement voice, set to music that ranges from Julio Iglesias to Radiohead, Con Brazos Abiertos is a fun and frank look at a life suspended between two cultures.

Ballet Hispánico

A dance film of an intimate duet between two people tangled in captivation; willing to surrender to a moment, to be caught in a breath, to be brave enough to fall.

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