Michele Gifford / by Alyssa Gunsolus

In her twelve year career at New York City Ballet, Michele Gifford performed many soloist and principal roles including George Balanchine’s Apollo, Rubies, Agon, and Stars and Stripes. She also originated many roles including Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story Suite, Christopher Wheeldon’s Slavonic Dances, and David Parsons’ Touch. In 2000, Michele joined Texas Ballet Theater under Ben Stevenson. She performed several principal roles, including Stevenson’s Coppelia, Four Last Songs, and Peer Gynt along with Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliante and The Four Temperaments. She continues to perform as a Principal guest artist. As a Balanchine Repetiteur, Michele has staged and coached several ballets including Who Cares?, Walpurgisnaught, Serenade, and Valse Fantiasie. She is a certified GYROTONIC instructor and owns her own studio, Studio G, in Fort Worth, TX.