MISS SOUTH CENTRAL
Class of 2018
Dual Pageant with Miss Waseca County Sleigh & Cutter
Directors: Jennifer Burt - Miss SC/Miss WCSC; Molly Kopischke, OT
Pageant Date: TBA
Talent: Contemporary Dance
Platform: Raise the Barre
In May of 2016 Michaelene graduated from the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University Bachelor of Fine Arts program in New York City. It is here in New York where she worked with renowned choreographers such as Jae Man Joo, Michele Wiles, Emery Le Crone, Francesca Harper, Matthew Rushing, Sylvia Waters, all of whom inspired her to set her own choreography.
Michaelene has danced professionally with Arch Contemporary Ballet in New York City, James Sewell Ballet, and currently dances for Alternative Motion Project in Minneapolis. She has been a model for Intelligent Nutrients, Lulli Dancewear, and was the lead actress in a commercial. She returned home to Minnesota to run her skincare company, Ballerina Botanicals, while founding her own nonprofit, Raise The Barre.
Her platform, Raise The Barre, has allowed hundreds of students the opportunity to experience a professional dance workshop. Her dance workshops teach both boys and girls the importance of team work, while providing them with leadership skills, and the strength to improve their athletic performance. Through benefit concerts and donations, Michaelene provides students with scholarships to continue their dance education at a local dance studio. Learn more about Michaelene's platform, Raise The Barre, at www.michaelenekarlen.com/raise-the-barre or Facebook @RaiseTheBarreMN