A San Francisco native, Kimberley Michelle has studied ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance since her early childhood. In her teens she pursued her passion of Middle Eastern dance and music. Since 1988, she has performed her solo works, and since 2001 she has performed and taught internationally (France, England, Austria, Wales, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Scotland, Hungary, Israel, and Canada). From 2002 to 2008, she collaborated and toured with world-acclaimed Iraqi/Israeli master violinist and oud player, Yair Dalal and his accomplished ensemble.
Interweaving Middle Eastern, contemporary and classical dance, Kimberley’s dance is inspired by her eternal gratitude for her ability to move again after surviving a life-threatening spinal cord injury, and by her unending passion to give to those whom for reasons of war, poverty, or physical limitations do not have the ability to dance.
Kimberley trained extensively with the eminent Suhaila Salimpour, with whom she was a principle dancer in the Suhaila Dance Company for five years. She was a guest principle dancer with Ballet Afsaneh, The Collage Dance Ensemble (director Ahmet Luleci), and The College of Marin Dance Company. Some of her most Influential and world-renowned dance teachers are Suhaila and Jamila Salimpour, Horacio Cifuentes (formerly SF Ballet), Yannis Adoniou (Artistic Director of Kunst Stoff, formaly Lines Ballet),Augusta Moore (Master Ballet Teacher,/Feldenkrais Practitioner; S.F.B, Lines, O.D.C.), Margaret Swarthout (Artistic Director, Marin Dance Theatre), Nancy Gallenson (Adult Division Director/Marin Dance Theatre), Alan Scofield (Jose Limon Master Teacher), and Yoram Karmi (Artistic Director Fresco Dance Company, Tel Aviv).
Currently, Kimberley teaches Pilates conditioning and rehabilitation in the San Francisco Bay Area.