Lecturer in Dance
Born in Buffalo, New York, Michelle Lucci received her dance training at the National Ballet School in Toronto, Canada, The Royal Dance Academy, and American Ballet Theatre, under Valentina Paraslavic. Miss Lucci has danced with the Banff Festival and has toured North America as a demi-soloist with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. In 1969 she joined the Pennsylvania Ballet Company, studying under Lupe Serrano, and in 1972 she became a principal dancer.
Ms. Lucci joined the Milwaukee Ballet in 1980 as Ballerina of the company. As Ballerina she has been partnered by Ted Kivitt, Patrick Bissell, and Fernando Bejones to name a few.
In 1992, Ms. Lucci was hired as Dance Captain and swing dancer of Phantom of the Opera. She toured for seven and a half years to every major city in the United States. As Dance Captain, she put over 300 actors and dancers into the show.
Ms. Lucci is a highly regarded teacher, currently teaching at Dance Theatre of Harlem Company and School, Coupé Dance Theatre NY, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Summer Program, JCC Westchester NY, Stage Door Minnesota, and St. Paul City Ballet Minnesota, in addition to the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance.
Email Michelle Lucci at Michelle.Lucci@purchase.edu