Michele Ainza is an Adjunct Professor of Dance and Guest Artist at Willamette University and Linfield College, as well as the Artistic Director of Michele Ainza Dance (MAD). She has been on faculty at The University of Veracruz, Mexico, Fresno City College, and Lewis and Clark College. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Choreography from California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, where she concentrated on feminist studies and dance for video.
Ainza received her certification in Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals from the Integrated Movement Studies based out of the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. Her dance and choreographic experience has spanned over two decades throughout the United States, Mexico, and Eastern Europe. Ainza is also a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) through Yoga Alliance.