Michaela grew up in Exeter, Devon. She started dancing at the age of 4 years old. In the early years of Michaela’s dancing career she won countless South West Modern and Ballet Championships along with her win at the All England Ballet Championships. She was also a Senior Associate of The prestigious Royal Ballet School and London Studio Centre.
Michaela then went on and carried on her dance studies at Ballet West in a beautiful rural part of Scotland. While she trained she also did various competitions Adeline Calander (Winner) Phylis Bedals, Molly Lake awards and so on. Michaela passed her RAD Advanced 2 with the highest mark -Distinction. Therefor she was eligible to dance in the famous Genée International Dance Competition. She was the only UK applicant and solely competed for her Country in Toronto, Canada.
During her time at Ballet West Michaela was offered a teaching role with Ballet West outreach program and also Ballet West Edinburgh Associate program where she coached and inspired young dancers.
She danced Principle role in the Ballet West Company, such as Snow Queen, Dew Drop Fairy and Lead Candy Cane in the Nutcracker. Friend, Dawn and Prayer in Coppelia. Victoria The White Cat in Cats and various musical theatre roles in the Ballet West Production of Love Central She also danced for the Scottish MPs and in Porta Ventura in Spain.
After leaving Ballet West Michaela travelled the world dancing. In Mexico she was Principle dancer and Choreographer. She has played these roles around the world as Sandy in Grease, Nala in Lion King, Lisa in Mamma Mia to name a few. In 2011 she came back and danced in different charity events/ events in the UK and also modelled for various brands.
Michaela auditioned with over 2000 dancers for the 2012 Closing Ceremony of the London Olympics. She was one of 200 picked. She danced with Darcy Bussell, Edward Watson, Jonathan Cope and Gary Avis (Former Royal Ballet Dancers) where she extinguished the flame.
In 2012 Michaela decided to retire and solely focus on her teaching career. She has taught in various well known dance schools in London. Where she coached students for exams.
Michaela left London in 2014 and moved back to her home town in Devon, where she set up her very own school – Michaela Poulton School of Dance. The school continues to grow and achieve great successes. She has 10 years teaching experience and has been recognised for her love and commitment to teaching.