How I Got Started

My story

Soy Negra Latinx Americana, born and raised in Los Angeles. I have been on a mission to find freedom and empower myself to pave the way for our black and brown communities.

Growing up in poverty, violence, a single parent home, a mother with a mental illness, and discrimination negatively impacted my psychological, physical, and emotional health. But, it also made me an ambitious and inquisitive human being. I have been relentless in getting to the root of my struggle and suffering.

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.

In my mid-twenties, I found myself in my second abusive relationship, which impacted my sense of self-worth. After leaving my relationship, I began dancing again and found myself struggling with my self-confidence and freedom of self-expression.

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.

I have shifted my focus into dismantling and deconstructing my own internalized anti-blackness and oppression in order to truly liberate myself, meaningfully reclaim my power, and support and serve our black and brown communities. I am in the midst of expanding my business and creating offerings that also support the social-emotional needs of our youth through dance. For additional information on my offerings, please click down below.

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My credentials

Michelle Morales, M.S., is an award winning professional salsa dancer, school psychologist, and creator of Dance Warriors, a psychology-based and personal development dance program. Through Dance Warriors, 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 curriculums 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 students with special needs and social-emotional difficulties.

She specializes in conflict resolution, leadership, special education, mental health, wellness, and womxn empowerment. 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

  • M.S. in Counseling with specialization in School Psychology
  • B.A. in Psychology
  • 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
  • 7 years of experience working as a School Psychologist.
  • 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.

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