In 2011 Michaels choreographed pieces as part of the Heloise Crista Project, funded by the Laycock Center for Creative Collaboration in the Arts. Heloise Crista is a former dancer who switched to sculpting part-way through her life.
In 2013, she participated in the Buckaroo: Cowboy Poetry in Motion Project, which was funded by a grant from the Laycock Center for Creative Collaboration in the Arts. The project brought together student musicians, poets, and choreographers, as well as professional cowboy poets, to produce an evening-length themed dance concert. For the program, Michaels choreographed "My Buddy and Me" with fellow student Joshua Mora.