Slovak dance artist based in London. Michaela is founder & artistic director of MCDC, dancer, performer, choreographer and teacher working internationally.
Michaela is a physical theatre and dance practitioner. In 2012, she completed her first class BA (HONS) Degree in Dance Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, where She began to train and develop as a contemporary dancer.
Michaela went on to achieve the Jasmin Vardimon PGCertificate in physical theatre; where the combination of character, narrative and physical theatre methods matched so well her own interests.
In 2015 Michaela was selected to join the third cohort of East London Dance’s acclaimed future innovators programme ‘The Fi.ELD’ – a training programme for dance artists in project management and producing. Michaela had the opportunity to pitch, produce, manage, and plan her own platform called "The One Move Show Choreographic Challenge" which was first time trailed at Stratford Circus.
Michaela experienced different styles of dance from Ballet, through African into Hip Hop throughout her career. She focuses on Contemporary and Hip Hop Dance Theatre, where she finds strength, passion and space for expanding and exploring new possibilities and allowing her to add her personal characteristics as a performer.
I have a great understanding of dance pedagogy gathered within 3 years of study. I have gained understanding of psychology and physiology of primary, secondary pupils and of adults. I have studied safe dance practice and I have a good understanding of Health and Safety, Child protection and Overview of special education needs. I have planned and taught dance in secondary schools, in the community and dance groups. I developed a youth community dance project which involved techniques, set dances and creative work. I have provided several workshops for a wide variety of participants, with different ages and stages.
As a teacher, I have had the opportunity to apply learning from my dance pedagogy module with pupils and students in a range of ages and stages, some with challenging behaviur. In the Youth project with Eastern European pupils my brief was to develop a creative project within the community and give the children the opportunity to express themselves through dance. This was initially council funded and after the council funding ended I continued teaching the pupils as a voluntary practitioner.
I have had the opportunity to develop, deliver, plan and manage intensive workshops for communities and schools with different dance styles and different ages and stages with or without assistance of my team.