Michaela Catherine McGowan performs regularly for choreographers Rachel M. Hettinger (metaphors&similesDANCE), and Shauna Sorensen (Shauna Sorensen and Dancers), and is a company member of LMproject, directed by Alisa Claire. Michaela has also recently performed works by Calen Kurka (Pushing Progress Dance), Emily Bufferd, and Emily Greenwell. She has worked closely with Periapsis Music & Dance, and was part of Mia Michaels LIVE 2016.
Michaela danced for Phish at Madison Square Garden at its 2013 New Year’s Eve concert and in the 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, both choreographed by Lisa Shriver. Michaela was featured in a 989 Energy Drink commercial and workshopped If/Then with choreographer Larry Keigwin. She was also a resident choreographer for the Birdhouse Players Youth Theater’s 2013-14 season for their productions of West Side Story and The Sound of Music.
Michaela began her dance training at the age of five in northern Virginia. She was an apprentice with Loudoun Ballet Company under the direction of Maureen Miller, performing numerous soloist roles as a teenager. At New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (where she earned a BFA with honors in May 2012), Michaela performed works by resident faculty members Cherylyn Lavagnino and Pamela Pietro and guest choreographer Aszure Barton. She also had the pleasure of performing in the 2010 Tisch Gala (choreographed by Josh Bergasse) and the 2012 Tisch Gala (choreographed by Greg Graham).
Michaela is currently on faculty at Broadway Dance Center as a ballet and jazz teacher in the Children and Teen Program, subs at Broadway Dance Center and Peridance Capezio Center, and is on faculty at several studios in the tri-state area.