About Michelle (Rogers) Soutier
Michelle is a native of North Carolina and a graduate of UNC Charlotte and has an extensive background in performing arts and education. Michelle has been recognized for outstanding achievements in dance. Michelle is the Past President of Carolina Dance Masters and is a member of Dance Educators of America and Dance Masters of America. Michelle also serves on the advisory board for The Ziegfeld Club, Inc, is on the faculty for the 2018 I.D.E.A. Conference, and is an Executive Administrator for the Dancer Against Cancer Board of Directors.
Michelle is the owner of Miller Street Dance Academy, which is home to more than 2,000 dancers. She has won many state and national awards for choreography and is the teacher of Miss Dance of America 2018, Mr. Dance of America 2017, Petite Miss Dance of America 2016, Teen Mr. and Miss Dance of America 2014, Teen Mr. Dance of America 2011, and Petite Miss Dance of America 2008. She represented the Carolinas as Miss Dance of NC & SC in 1992 at the Miss Dance of America pageant and was Miss Dance Aquarius 1991. Michelle was selected as Director for 2006 through 2010 Teen Miss Dance of America Pageant.
Other honors include being named one of the 2011 Top 50 Influential Area Women by Mecklenburg Times, a 2005 Leading Link Ladies by Charlotte Radio Station 107.9, chosen as the winner of The Business Journal’s “40 Under 40″ Business Leaders, and a finalist for the 2006 and 2007 Channel 9 “Nine Who Care” award. Michelle was Miss UNCC 1991 and went on to compete for the title of Miss North Carolina 1991. In 2014, Michelle was one of the producers for the hit off-broadway show, ‘Pageant: the Musical,’ which was nominated for a 2015 Drama Desk Award.
In addition to teaching dance, Michelle maintains her commitment to community service. In 2015, she was inducted into Make-A-Wish Foundation’s ‘W.I.S.H. Society’ (Women Inspiring Strength and Hope) for her dedication to raising funds to grant the wishes of children battling life-threatening illnesses in the Charlotte area. In 2016, Michelle received the Humanitarian Award from African Christians Fellowship International (ACFI) for her continued support of ACFI’s work supporting Liberian orphans. Michelle currently serves as a National Ambassador for Dancers Against Cancer, an organization that provides financial assistance to dancers, dance teachers, and choreographers who have been diagnosed with cancer.