Michelle M. Robinson, a native of New York, is an accomplished dancer, actress, and inspiring writer. As a freelance writer and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrations, Ms. Robinson is a regular contributor to and has had several articles appear in Divine Caroline, an online magazine devoted to women and the bonds that connect them. As a dancer, she began her training at The Dance Theatre of Harlem.
As early as her pre-teens she became a member of the Marie Brooks Children’s Dance Theater, a professional children’s dance company devoted to researching dance forms from other countries. She has had the opportunity to travel to such places as Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad, Martinique, Suriname, Ghana, Italy and Brazil. The recipient of the coveted Harry Belafonte Performing Arts Scholarship, she went on to attend the State University of New York at Purchase where she received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance.
After graduation, her talents were sought after by many prestigious dance companies: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Bucket Dance Theater, The Dance Theatre of Harlem and The Eleo Pomare Dance Company. But that was only until Michelle set her sights on Broadway.
From Europe to Broadway, Ms. Robinson has appeared in such musical theater productions as Ain’t Misbehavin’, Can-Can, For Colored Girls..., Jelly’s Last Jam, Joseph… and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sophisticated Ladies, They’re Playing Our Song, Sweet Charity, The Tempest and the smash Broadway musical revival, Chicago.
In addition, she has had the opportunity to work alongside such notables as Bebe Neuwirth, Gregory Hines, Patrick Stewart, Joel Grey, Debbie Allen, Melanie Griffith, and Brooke Shields, just to name a few. However, Ms. Robinson admits that one of her most memorable show biz moments was becoming a Radio City Rockette.
She acknowledges that nothing gave her as much joy and pleasure as when she heard her mother say, “Now,… no matter where my child is on that kick line, I will be able to find her!” No stranger to film and television, her television credits include appearances on Deadline, Law and Order, New York Undercover, Third Watch and HBO’s Lackawanna Blues.
Ms. Robinson has also had a long running, recurring role on the daytime soap opera, One Life to Live. On film, she can be seen in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X, Flawless starring Robert DeNiro, and Chris Rock’s cult movie Pooty Thang
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