MICHELLINE COONROD

ASSISTANT/CASTING DIRECTOR

 

Michelline was born and raised in Interlochen, Michigan to two professional musicians. Both teachers, her mother is a musical virtuoso and Cellist in the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and her father is a Concert Pianist and has been an instructor at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy for 34 years. Michelline was immersed into the world of music and fine arts and grew from a being a young ballet dancer and musician to having a professional career in dance.


After graduating from Interlochen Arts Academy she headed to New York City to pursue dance. She is formally trained in Classical Ballet, Horton, Limon, Graham, Taylor, Fosse and Luigi and has performed works by unparalleled choreographers such as Louis Montero, Milton Meyers, Chet Walker, Geoffrey Holder, and Jacquelyn Buglisi. She received a B.F.A. in dance from Marymount Manhattan College under the instruction of Katie Langan-Santee and later moved to Las Vegas where the entertainment scene was flourishing.


She hit the jackpot in Vegas as a Dancer, Showgirl and Line Captain. She performed with the world famous “Les Follies Bergere” at the Tropicana, "Viva Las Vegas" at the Plaza, "Follies Magnifique" in Laughlin, AZ and "Ignite" at the Greek Isles. (She also picked up quite the set of circus skills like juggling, hand-balancing, trampoline, aerial dance and fire handling.) She performed dangerous fire-illusions on NBC's "America's Got Talent" in 2010 with Antonio Restivo where they pushed their way up to the semi-final round.


Michelline moved to Los Angeles to break into film and television as an extension of her career. She began dancing Argentine Tango and discovered a way to exist in its rich magnificent music. Her work with Maestro Sergei Tumas has energized the portal to her imagination as an artist, musician and dancer.