Darnell Payne is a dancer and choreographer, born in Chicago, and raised in Minnesota. He developed his style when he founded dance company in 2012, Urban Movement. His style derives from strong hip hop fundamentals, Afro-dancehall fusion, Jazz Funk, and vogue elements.
Michelle began dancing career at age 3 with tap and ballet. From ages 11-18 she moved to competitive dance winning many high-point and over-all awards in jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop and musical theatre. This included both regional and national competitions.
Michelle continued study of dance throughout the United States and overseas, ie Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Amsterdam. She has worked with Vanessa Williams in a Walt Disney Production and appeared on Broadway in the new Gershwin musical “Crazy for You”.
Michelle has been teaching professionally for 20 years. Many of her accomplishments include many awards in the area of high-score and over-alls. Styles of dance include jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary hip-hop and musical theatre. Additionally, have won numerous awards for entertainment and choreography.
Many of Michelle's trained dancers have gone on to cheerlead for the Timberwolves and Vikings; are on the U of M dance team, appear on Broadway and Walt Disney World. One has gone on to be Miss Teen Minnesota.
When Michelle isn't working in the industry she also travels with Rocco Altobelli and dancing for Polaris. Past work also includes choreography for numerous studios as well as Lori Line’s Christmas Shows.