Michelle’s Story

Half hour broadcast for ABC Arts



At the peak of her career, Michelle Ryan was one of Australia's leading artists, dancing under famous choreographer Meryl Tankard at the Australian Dance Theatre. From there she toured the world until her dancing came to an abrupt end after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Betrayed by her body she loses her career, mobility and marriage. Despite her damaged confidence and disability, in a chance moment, she is drawn back to dance, becoming an inspirational artistic director at the Restless Dance Theatre, an Adelaide-based company working with young disabled people. MICHELLE'S STORY is an uplifting story that offers insight into the world of dance and disability and the liberating power of art.

Winner of Best Short Film (Audience Choice) at the 2015 Adelaide Film Festival, MICHELLE'S STORY is the directorial debut of acclaimed choreographer Meryl Tankard.


Directed By
Meryl Tankard
Produced By
Kate Croser & Meryl Tankard
Production Company
Hedone & Meryl Tankard
Financed By
ABC, SAFC, Adelaide Film Festival


Kate Croser

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