Michelle Dortignac

Michelle Dortignac

Founder


Unnata Aerial Yoga

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
First, I followed my gut, moved to NYC and immersed myself into Modern Dance.
Then I worked in various corp. offices to pay the bills while exploring my art of dance choreography.
Then I studied to become a Yoga instructor and that became my full-time job.
Then I started training in aerial acrobatics for fun.
Then I was inspired to create Unnata Aerial Yoga - aerial yoga at the time was a movement just born.
Then I developed an organization and continued to develop the Yoga technique, which I still do today.
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
Green Mountain High School
undergrad
Bachelor
French Language and Literature
Cornell University
Career

Career

Founder

I teach and manage the organization that helps support others who teach a style of Yoga that I created.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Sports
Sports
Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy & Religion
Teaching / Mentoring
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

I would answer some emails which usually revolve around planning for trainings, or helping to manage and organize teachers who teach the Unnata Aerial Yoga technique. Then, I would either practice some aerial acrobatics or yoga or both, teach a yoga class of some sort in the evening, prepare some dinner, meditate, and go to bed. :) Frequently, all of that is done out of my apartment. But, many times I travel to teach.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

In college, after a brief stint as a Biology major, I transitioned into French literature. Studying French literature and France in general taught me a lot about communication, art and culture, government and history and how to think from another person's point of view. In order to perform my job best, I need a flexible, creative mind that is receptive to learning.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Study what interests you, because you never know where it will lead you.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"My parents strongly disapproved of my going to NYC, after college, and pursuing an artistic dream of Modern Dance. I don't remember them saying anything specific to me, because essentially they stopped communicating with me, at all, for a while."

In the end, my parents were right I couldn't earn a living at Modern Dance; but pursuing Modern Dance helped me create a career that didn't exist at the time, and would not have been able to be foretold. I'm basically an artistic entrepreneur.