Micherlange Hemsley


Micherlange was adopted from Haiti when she was 18 months old and was raised in Southern California. A first-generation college student, Micherlange is currently an undergraduate student at University of California, Irvine, majoring in African American Studies with a minor in Criminology, Law, and Society. 

Micherlange started dancing around the age of 4 and trained on scholarship as a student of classical ballet, among other styles, from 2012-2017. While a student at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in 2013 and 2014, Micherlange participated in dance demonstrations at inner-city schools in Los Angeles. Additionally, she has been the recipient of ballet intensives scholarships at: University of California, Irvine, Kansas City Ballet, Charlottesville Ballet, and Dance Theater of Harlem. When Micherlange was 13, she was recognized for her talents and was invited to audition for the School of American Ballet by Arthur Mitchell, the founder of the historically African American ballet company Dance Theater of Harlem. 

In 2018 and 2019, Micherlange won medals competing in ballet with the NAACP at their regional ACT-SO competition. In 2019, she competed and won a silver medal in photography for her photos of dancers backstage before a performance. In the summer of 2019, Micherlange served her community as an intern for Congresswoman Norma J. Torres. Utilizing her certification in public speaking from the department of Social Sciences at UC Irvine, Micherlange has spoken at numerous events. She was recently invited to be a guest speaker at Congresswoman Torres’ community conversation about the death of George Floyd and social justice.