Embracing everything in dance, choreographer and mentor, Michelle Heine started out as a dancer in a Ballet Company then went on to dance in multi-million dollar extravaganza’s in Sun City in Southern Africa. Now many of her students are following in her footsteps of success all over the world.
Since the late 1980’s she has been a prominent and highly regarded talent on Canberra’s dance scene with her own studio, “Legs” Dance Studio, formerly based in Tuggeranong but now based in Hume. Students have gone on to make their mark on the world stage such as the Lido, Moulin Rouge, Tap Dogs, Dance Academy, Jupiters Showroom, Professional Musicals, Film, Television, RAW Metal, Cruise Lines and Universal Studios. Her students have performed and competed in Las Vegas, Hawaii, Kuala Lumpur, China, Disneyland, Los Angeles and the Gold Coast. In 2014 her students took a trip to Florida to perform on a Cruise Ship and Disney World in Orlando.
Michelle’s career highlights include choreography for the Master Games Opening Ceremony, University Games, National Tourism Awards, Centennial Federation Parades in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra plus many musicals. Credits include My Fair Lady, Les Misérables, Chicago, Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, Oklahoma!, HMS Pinafore, Pack Up Your Troubles, Music Hall, Dancing at Lughnasa, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Hello, Dolly!, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Boy From Oz, Legally Blonde, Barnum, the Australian Premier of Winging My Way To the Top, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Wicked and most recently a third return to Les Misérables. In 2018, Michelle is taking on three musicals – 42nd Street, FAME and Shrek.
Michelle was awarded the CAT Award for Best Choreographer for Legally Blonde in 2014 and Wicked in 2016. Legs Dance Studio has won CAT Awards for Best Dance Production and also Best Ensemble in 2014 and 2016. The Senior National Team has performed in China in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2009, 2012 and 2015 at one of the largest International Children’s
Michelle is also the Canberra talent agent for Showtime Attractions and casts many performers and talent at various shopping centre promotions throughout Canberra and regional NSW.