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Michael Matthews

Michael was raised outside of Philadelphia, PA, and began his dance training at Ballet NJ Theater Company at the age of 5. He attended summer intensives with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, as well as Miami City Ballet School and Pacific Northwest Ballet all on full scholarship. In 2013, Michael began training at The School of Pennsylvania Ballet on scholarship before joining Pennsylvania Ballet II under the direction of Francis Veyette. While with Pennsylvania Ballet II, Michael performed in numerous ballets as well as toured with the company dancing works by George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon, Angel Corella and Durante Verzola.

 

  • Hometown: Moorestown, NJ
  • Dancing Since: Age 5
  • Seasons with Charlotte Ballet: 2
  • Favorite performance of the season: I’m most looking forward to Nutcracker this year. There is something so magical about the entire production, and it’s exciting to perform for the children who have never been to a ballet before. 
  • Favorite Ballet: Serenade by George Balanchine
  • Favorite holiday gift: My favorite gift I have ever received was a mug from my sister. As I drink my morning coffee, it reminds me of home and my family.
  • Advice for aspiring dancers: Ballet is a form of self expression through dance. Don’t get discouraged by any limitations you place on yourself. Artistry is limitless!
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Are you ready for audition season? Take it from us- our company dancers have been through many auditions in their careers, and they want to share their tips with YOU to make sure you rock your audition!

1. Treat it like a normal class

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Drew Grant | 2nd Season

“Don’t be late and make sure to pick appropriate attire. Remind yourself that it’s just class, the same you take everyday, enjoy it!”

Lexi Johnson | 2nd Season

“When you go into the audition, try to let go of your nervous energy and treat it like a normal technique class. Try your best to relax, stay focused and show the teacher how much you enjoy dancing. No matter the outcome, the experience of auditioning teaches you a lot, so it’s rewarding either way!”

2. Be in performance Mode

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Claire Hutchinson | Second company, 2nd Season

“Don’t watch the other dancers. An audition is like a performance, so stay in performance mode and try not to get distracted. It will also be easier to dance your best if you are enjoying yourself. So have fun!”

3. Dress to impress and show your confidence

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Sarah Hayes Harkins | 10th Season

“Don’t be afraid to register early and get up front!! Wear something noticeable and pretty in your hair, but also don’t over do it.  Pay close attention to details of the combinations, do it exactly how it is demonstrated to the best of your ability.”

Elizabeth Truell | 3rd Season

Dress to make yourself feel confident and beautiful. You should go in the front and don’t be afraid to show yourself. Most importantly, just enjoy dancing and show them your passion.”

Sarah Lapointe | 3rd Season

“Always present yourself as well put together and organized. This will show your professional attitude and bring an impeccable look to every audition you attend!”

4. Show why you love it

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Anson Zwingelberg | 1st Season

“It’s important to remember what makes you passionate about dancing. To reach deep down and discover what inspires, motivates and ignites your spark; it is this that what will make you unique and one of a kind.”

5. Don’t judge yourself

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Colby Foss | 1st Season

“My teacher in college, Mr. Clouser, always said, ‘learn everything, judge nothing,’ and I stand by that.”

Put these tips to use!

Visit our 2018 National Audition Tour to Pre-register today!