Michelle Buckley hails from Fredericksburg, Virginia, where she studied under the mentorship of Lisa Avery as well as with the School of the Richmond Ballet. She then moved to London to attend London Studio Centre where she completed her BA Honours, touring with the graduate ballet company, Images of Dance, in works choreographed by Harold King, Renato Peroni and Arthur Pita. It was during this time Michelle first started working with Julia Gleich of Gleich Dances and the Norte Maar arts organization; since 2007 she has enjoyed collaborating and performing with Gleich in New York City and London in leading roles for such works as Speak Easy Secrets, The Brodmann Areas and in pieces set to the music of local Camden punk rock band, Trash Money.
In 2014, she began dancing for Symeon Kyriakopoulos and his company the Crossword Ballet, which fuses martial arts with classical ballet; this has helped her obtain skills in weaponry. Holding film credits, costume commissions, and previously modelling in London Fashion Week, Michelle has also had the opportunity to sing in productions under the direction of Peter Knapp and performed as ‘The Cabaret Singer’ in a reworking of Rudolf Laban’s Nacht, with vocal arrangements by Oli Newman.
In 2015, Michelle had the pleasure to join the cast of Inala as an understudy; she is excited to be joining the Sisters Grimm team once again in the collaboration and first performances of their new show, Voices of the Amazon.