Michelle N. Gibson received her BFA in Dance from Tulane University and her MFA in Dance from Hollins University/American Dance Festival at Duke University. As a preacher’s daughter and New Orleanian, Gibson’s upbringing was deeply rooted in the A.M.E church where her father, the late Rev. B.A. Gibson, served and the streets of New Orleans where second line culture boomed. She says, “When I put myself in the street, the church still lives inside of me through the second-line. I feel something deeper — a root that came from the old Black church,”. Michelle N. Gibson’s choreographic works range from genres of the African Diaspora, Contemporary Modern, Afro Funk, Jazz, and her own New Orleans Second Line Aesthetic.