3/16/15 O&A Dance: A Conversation With Michelle Fleet- Paul Taylor Dance Company

By Walter Rutledge


Michelle Fleet is a twelve-year veteran of the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Upon graduating from SUNY Purchase (BFA in Dance) Fleet auditioned for Taylor 2 and became a member in the summer of 1999. After two years of “cutting her teeth” she made her debut with the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 2002.  

A Conversation With Michelle Fleet

One of the more gratifying aspects of writing commentary on the arts is interviewing the people who make the magic happen. Especially when we have the opportunity to  talk multiple times over the course of their career. To share their dreams, revel in their artistic triumphs and admired their fortitude as they overcome adversity- is truly faith affirming. It hopefully will also inspire the next generation of young artists to reach beyond their present grasp and live their dreams.

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Since 2011 Michelle has graciously granted us what has now become our “annual pre-season conversation”. I’ve have seen her artistic growth and confidence from season to season. This is reflected in both our conversation and her onstage presence. Whether it is the character role as the mother in Big Bertha, the pure dance lead in Brandenburgs or the running girl who concludes Esplanade it is clear Michelle Fleet is coming into her own.

In Photo: 1) Michelle Fleet 2) Michelle Fleet, James Samson, Eran Bugge, Michael Novak, Aileen Roehl, Michael Trusnovec, and Heather McGinley

Photo Credit: Paul B. Goode

Adewale Adekanbi Videographer

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