JERANE MICHEL began her study of Spanish Dance in New York City with La Meri. Among her teachers in Spain were Flora Albaicin, Maria Rosa Merced, Mercedes y Albano and Eloy Pericet. She performed throughout the United States, Canada, and in Spain as lead dancer with Mariano Parra Spanish Dance Company. This included appearances at Jacobs Pillow, Town Hall, the Newport Music Festival, the Buffalo Symphony, and the Philadelphia Grand Opera. Ms. Michel also appeared on Broadway and in summer stock and has choreographed Spanish dances for more than 30 operas and musicals. She received a grant from Meet the Composer and was honored with a distinguished Service Award from Dean College, MA. Appearances as guest artist with Matteo and the Ethno-American Dance Theatre lead to a long association as featured castanetist and dancer in his popular and unique programs of Castanets in Concert, which explored the versatility of castanets as musical instruments. Ms. Michel produced and choreographed her own program, Dances and Songs of Spain, which was performed at such places as the Spanish Repertory Theater, the Spanish Institute, the Philadelphia Museum of Fine Art, and the Ethnic Dance Arts Festival in Hyannis, MA. A master teacher of Escuela Bolera, as well as Neo-classical and Flamenco, her teaching includes: Five seasons at the Ethnic Dance Arts Workshop in Hyannis, MA; New York University; Yale University; Stephens College; Westchester Arts Center; the Chautauqua Institute; Svetlova Dance Center; and the Alvin Ailey Dance School. She has also taught and choreographed for American Bolero Dance Company and Danzas Españolas. Ms. Michel currently teaches Escuela Bolera in New York City, and is sought after by choreographers, directors, and singers as a coach for Spanish dance movement and the use of castanets.