Before The Show
Michelle arrives at The Next Step Dance Studio after her family is relocated from her hometown of Madison, Wisconsin. Having been Miss Nationals Soloist and a dance captain at her previous studio, Michelle easily makes it onto A-Troupe.
Michelle's entrance into the troupe warrants antagonism from Emily, who she eventually overthrows as dance captain. Michelle later asks Emily to be her co-captain, which she accepts.
Michelle momentarily leaves The Next Step, too overwhelmed with the drama that has surfaced in regard to Hunter and Eldon and no longer liking dance. After the studio creates a flash mob just for her she happily rejoins the studio. At Nationals, Michelle defends her title of Miss Nationals Soloist.
Michelle's parents' divorce takes a toll on her as she enters the new dance season, making her extremely unfocused and emotional. Michelle is made an alternate, much to her distress.
Upon the next dance season, Michelle is determined to make it back to the top by any means necessary.
Michelle feels odd auditioning for A-Troupe when none of her friends are doing the same. She is relieved to see Emily, but unpleasantly surprised to learn that Emily is the new studio head of A-Troupe rather than an auditionee and struggles with the idea of having to answer to her. Although Michelle makes it onto the team and is promised to be a featured dancer, Michelle cannot help but believe that Emily is being a poor studio head, having cut all breakdancers and hip-hop dancers from the troupe and disallowing certain dancers from auditioning altogether.
- Acro: Michelle is a relatively talented acro dancer. She has said that it is one of her favourite styles.West is amazed by her abilities in acro. Although, Michelle's acro abilities have decreased with the progression of her dance career. Michelle can no longer perform a full front aerial, for example.
- Contemporary: Michelle's dominant style is contemporary.
- Hip-hop: Hip-hop isn't Michelle's strong style, a fact that she acknowledges.After some assistance from LaTroy, Michelle becomes significantly more skillful in the genre. Hip-hop is one of Michelle's favourite dance styles.
- Jazz: Michelle is proficient in jazz. Her "Showstoppa" routine, which is a jazz routine, is what causes her to win the title of Miss Nationals Soloist for a second time. Jazz is one of Michelle's three favourite dance styles.