Michelle Abbruzzese is a performer. She had her first recital at age 3, and at age 30 performed in front of millions as a New England Patriot Cheerleader at Superbowl XXXVI. Most recently, Michelle took the gold medal at 2016 Pole Sport Organization (PSO) Level 4 Entertainment (Sr/Master), and took the bronze metal at the 2014 PSO Champion Level and earned her way to Nationals in Los Angeles, CA.
Michelle has become a PSO “Unicorn” ambassador and trains current and future pole competitors. She created a 6-week pole competition workshop that has resulted in 10 medals of 13 competitions for her and her students to date.
She has studied a variety of dance styles ranging from ballet, tap, and jazz in her younger years, to funk-jazz, cheer-dance, bellydancing, and pole dancing in her later years. In total, Michelle has performed for 10 professional sports teams ranging from NFL, WNFL, AHL, AFL, AFL 2, CBA, and USBL. It was the combination of her dance and fitness training that lead her to develop her own fitness videos; Dance Yourself Fit, a burlesque inspired workout and Tone and Tighten, a full body toning workout.
Michelle is a survivor. On May 1st 2005, she was diagnosed with stage-2 breast cancer, which she continues to fight. Determined to keep a positive attitude, Michelle had the tumor removed, sought out therapy, and continued to perform and a dancer for the New York Dragons (AFL) without ever missing a practice or a game. That year, Michelle was chosen by her teammates to represent them at the 2005 Arena Bowl in Las Vegas, NV. Determined to keep a positive attitude, Michelle still teaches and performs on a regular basis.
Michelle is a professional. Michelle wasn’t only a professional dancer. Michelle has spent many successful years with an executive title in the corporate world. It is her combined love of dance and her business knowledge that led to the natural progression of wanting her own studio. After over a decade of teaching a variety of dance styles, Michelle is ready to offer the local community a dance and fitness studio like no other in the area.
Disgusted by the egos of other studios and the impersonal treatment of the larger gyms, she wanted to open a place where both men and women could come and feel like family. Together with her husband Tony, they have created Work It Dance and Fitness.
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