How I Got Started
Soy Negra Latinx Americana, born and raised in Los Angeles. I have been on a mission to free and empower myself to pave the way for our black and brown communities.
The effects of systemic racism and oppression negatively impacted my family, sense of self-worth and belonging. Growing up in poverty, violence, a single parent home, a mother with a mental illness, and discrimination made it extremely difficult for us to thrive in the world. It affected our psychological, physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being. As a result, I have been relentless with my healing, personal growth and self-reclamation.
My healing journey started with dance.
Dance helped me survive my childhood adversity. It gave me strength, joy, confidence, access to my emotions and self-expression. It allowed me to imagine a world of possibilities and forget about my fears for a moment.
As an adult, I used dance along with therapy to heal and grow. This inspired me to create a psychology-based coaching and personal development dance program to support womxn in living more authentically.
Through my offerings I focus on dismantling and deconstructing internalized anti-blackness, racism, and oppression in order to truly find liberation and meaningfully reclaim our power. For additional information on my offerings, please click down below.
Michelle Morales, M.S., is an award winning professional salsa dancer, consultant, school psychologist, and creator of Freedom in Motion, a psychology-based and personal development dance program. Through Freedom in Motion Project, she helps womxn and kids change the way they see and relate to themselves so they can step fully into their embodied warrior selves.
Michelle has dedicated her life to advocating for Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) and folks with marginalized identities within the school system. She incorporates dance in her social-emotional curriculum to help students regulate their emotions, build self-confidence, and learn effective problem-solving skills. She is passionate about helping parents, professionals, and educators lead with compassion and integrity when working with youth who identify as Black and Latinx.
She specializes in conflict resolution, leadership, special education, mental health, and wellness. She offers 1:1 coaching and consultation, dance workshops, and personal development seminars. You can find Michelle inspiring others through her personal stories and insights on social media at IG @mimorales09.
Education and Experience
- California State University, Northridge, Master of Science in Counseling with emphasis in School Psychology (2012)
- California State University, Northridge, Bachelor in Arts in Psychology (2009).
- Trained in Mental Health, Applied Behavioral Analysis, Social-Emotional Learning, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy.
- Over 7 years of experience working as a Behavioral Specialist/Interventionist in the home and school settings
- Bilingual School Psychologist since 2012-supporting the academic and social-emotional/behavioral needs of BIPOC students and families.
- Over 10 years of experience working with diverse and multicultural families in the home and school settings.
Dance Experience and Training
- Performed to a variety of Latinx genres since the age of 5.
- Choreographer of LA’s BEST After School Program Drill Team in 2006.
- Salsa Performer and Instructor since 2008.
- President and Performer at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) Salsa Libre Club in 2009.
- Choreographer, Creative Director, and Founder of Dance Warriors since 2017.
- Competed and placed 1stin the LA’s Top Female Solo Salsa Competition, Amateur Division in 2015 and LA’s Top Social Salsa Dancer Competition, Open Level in 2018.