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Research interests

Contemporary Circus, Light and the Choreographic, Leonora Carrington, Collaboration in Praxis


A Fellow of the HEA, Michelle lecturers in Dance and has been working at Edge Hill University since 2012. Her teaching practice has spanned over thirty years and across a range of professional, institutional and community contexts in Europe and the UK. She delivers research embedded teaching in Dance and Creative Arts with specialisms in: choreographic practice; improvisation and composition; dance analysis; collaborative performance making; embodied practices of flamenco, ballet, jazz and contemporary forms of dance; and mentoring of student projects.


On graduating from Elmhurst Ballet School in 1989, Michelle developed her professional career in Madrid, Spain, establishing her own company in 1996 'Michelle Man & Friends' collaborating extensively with composers, architects, lighting designers, musicians, costume makers, choirs, circus artists and multi-media artists. Her work has been received in Brazil, Chile, Korea, Italy, France, Germany, Canada, Sweden, Spain as well as the UK. She has been commissioned by the Spanish Government, CDN (Spanish National Theatre), Teatro Real, Teatro Circo Price, and has been awarded funding for research and artistic production. Michelle continues to choreograph internationally across a diverse range of contexts and disciplines that include contemporary dance, circus, theatre and music performance. She holds a Masters in Making Performance (awarded Distinction) and is currently a PhD Researcher in Dance at the University of Surrey, under the supervision of Dr Rachel Hann and Dr Adam Alston with the working title 'Light and the Choreographic'.

Education/Academic qualification

Performing Arts, MA, Edge Hill University

8 Jan 201328 Jan 2014

Award Date: 22 Jul 2014

Dance, PhD, University of Surrey

1 Jan 2016 → …

Other positions

External Examiner , National Centre for Circus Arts

1 Sep 201931 Aug 2023

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Research Output

Open Access
  • Kitchen Contemporary Dance Classes in Times of Covid-19, Dance Objects (DO): Dancing the Onion

    MAN, MICHELLE., 21 Jul 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Theatre, Dance and Performer Training. 11, 3

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Liquid Light

    MAN, MICHELLE., Jul 2020.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceOther

    Open Access
  • Circus Sessions 2019

    MAN, MICHELLE., 28 Jun 2019

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

  • Elektri(c)k

    Translated title of the contribution: Elektri(c)kMAN, MICHELLE., Lyon, JJ. & Zanotti, M., 12 Sep 2019

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

  • Activities

    • 3 Visiting an external academic institution
    • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
    • 1 Consultancy
    • 1 Membership of network

    Stockholm University of the Arts

    MICHELLE MAN (Visiting researcher)

    13 May 201924 May 2019

    Activity: Visiting & honorary position typesVisiting an external academic institution

    PSi#25 Elasticity, Performance Studies International Annual Conference (Event)

    MICHELLE MAN (Member)

    30 Apr 2019 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of network

    Elektri(c)k, CRECE 2019

    MICHELLE MAN (Other) & JJ Lyon (Participant)

    26 Aug 201915 Sep 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    Circus Sessions 2019

    MICHELLE MAN (Consultant)

    22 Jun 201930 Jun 2019

    Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

    Lithuania Academy of Music and Theatre

    MICHELLE MAN (Visiting researcher)

    28 Apr 20174 May 2017

    Activity: Visiting & honorary position typesVisiting an external academic institution