Choreographer, Cultural Ambassador, Educator, Mother, and Performing Artist, Michelle N. Gibson, also known as Mz. G, received her BFA in Dance from Tulane University and her MFA from Hollins University/American Dance Festival at Duke University. Michelle Gibson’s teaching and choreographic practice comprise all genres of the African Diaspora, Contemporary Afro Modern, Afro Funk, Jazz, and her own New Orleans Second Line Aesthetic. Ms. Gibson’s current projects involve sharing her aesthetic and New Orleans culture through a series of workshops she’s coined The New Orleans Original BuckShop LLC. She has created a number of original works, including Takin’ it To The Roots supported by the National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network’s Creation Fund, Displaced Yet Rebirth performed by Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and Voices of Congo Square focused on the rich culture and history of the Black New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians–a work that premiered at the Black Dance USA conference at the Sun Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri, and the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans in 2018.
In 2019, Ms. Gibson curated and shared her practice with Arts Walk West, hosted by the West Dallas Chamber of Commerce and AT&T. And as a scholar-artist, 2020 was a year of continuous cultural and artistic exploration for Ms. Gibson, who conducted symposiums and lectures with the Duke University Dance Department, University of Florida Dance and College of Arts, Sankofa Talks with Caribbean Cultural Center, and Black Nature Conversation Series and conducted virtual interviews with USC dance historian and ethnographer E. Moncell Durden, Intangible Roots, and the Black Artist Collective. 11-year faculty member of the American Dance Festival, Ms. Gibson also serves on the dance faculty at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas. In addition to teaching, she also shares her gift of dance through movement-therapy workshops with seniors in facilities throughout the Dallas Metroplex–the curriculum for which she created while serving as a resident artist at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center in her hometown of New Orleans. Summer 2022, Mz.G is honored to be on the artist performance lineup at Jacob’s Pillow, performing her one-woman show, Taken It To The Roots, accompanied by NOJO 7, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.
Photo by Chanelle Harris