Michele Torino Hower
K-12 Dance Teacher
In pursuit of an expressive and embodied life, Michele has lived, practiced and performed in New Hampshire, Boston, Albuquerque, New York City and now, Asheville. Michele began teaching through the University of New Mexico where she taught Yoga in the Department of Physical Education. She fell in love with teaching dance to children in New York City where she worked with a non-profit organization that provided excellent arts education in after-school settings in high need public schools. Over her six years of teaching in 2 different Brooklyn schools, Michele developed dance curriculums that integrated multiple intelligences and critical thinking in order to offer her students a whole approach to learning.
In her dance classes, she provides basic techniques based in Modern Dance then asks students solve an array of choreographic problems. As a somatic-based mover, Michele wants to inspire students to find the dances in their own tissues and bones, in their own blood and souls. Her job as a dance teacher is to offer tools to help students shape their individual, authentic impulses. Since moving to Asheville in 2015, Michele has worked with Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater and has co-founded DanceLab, an egalitarian teaching space that supports teachers and students in on-going experimentations with new dance modalities. Michele holds a BA in Theater from College of the Holy Cross, an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of New Mexico and a 500-hour Yoga Teaching Certification from High Desert Yoga in Albuquerque, NM.