Michelle Raymond Draper has been with American Dance Academy both as a student and as an instructor since its opening. Ms. Draper is an established performer in jazz, ballet, modern, hawaiian, and theater; although she specializes in tap instruction. Michelle's professional training includes tap Master Instructors Bruce Bristol, Keith Schnarr, Debbie Dee, Aaron Tolson, Derick Grant, Gregg Russell, and Lane Alexander. She has won National awards such as Miss World Celebrity, North America's Entertainer of the Year, the Dupree Dance Scholarship as well as the Vaughan Solokian Memorial Talent Award. She was a Dancer in the Auto Shows performing for Buick and Chevrolet.
While studying at California State University, she joined the High Flight Dance Company and worked with choreographers Jan Day, Shannon Levy-Heath, and Dante Henderson. This led to Disneyland where she performed in both parades and the stage show Fantasmic! Upon her return to Michigan, she graduated from Madonna University with a bachelors degree in business management. Michelle's tap students and dance pieces have achieved several National Overall Choreography and High Score Awards with Dance Masters of Michigan, StarPower, Kids Artistic Review, Star Systems and Dance Olympus. Her students are currently working in professional dance careers and performing for various cruise lines, Disney, Dreamworks and Broadway shows such as Billy Elliott. She is certified by Dance Masters of Michigan and Dance Masters of America.