Michelle Maasz began her dance training at age nine under the direction of Cassandra Crowley at the School of Canton Ballet, where she had the opportunity to work with internationally renowned guest artists, including Laura Alonso (Ballet National de Cuba) and Rochelle Zide-Booth (Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo). At the age of sixteen, Michelle was mentored in dance pedagogy under the guidance of her next ballet teacher, former Ukrainian national dancer Elena Baltovick, at Danceology. She has also danced with New West Ballet, under the direction of Eugenia Keefer. In June of 2014, Michelle graduated from the University of California, Irvine, with degrees in Dance and Art History. Her ballet professors included Diane Diefenderfer, Jodie Gates, Michel Gervais, Molly Lynch, and Tong Wang. She was fortunate enough to dance abroad as a Medici Scholarship recipient, in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she danced at the 50th Annual Bartholin Bournonville Ballet Seminar and studied under Caroline Cavallo, Thomas Lund, and Elisabeth Platel, among others. Michelle currently lives in Irvine, where she works in fundraising for the UCI Irvine School of Humanities, and teaches ballet technique at Newport Dance Theater and FOCUS Dance Center.