Michael began dancing at the age of eight. He danced with the Crooked Tree Arts Center School of Ballet under Artistic Director, Heather Raue, throughout middle and high school. While at the school, Michael performed lead roles, including The Nutcracker Russian Soloist and Cavalier; Prince Lemon in Cippolino; Prince Charming in Cinderella; and Apollo in Pastoral Symphony. During his training, Michael was given scholarships to train at summer intensives such as Houston Ballet, Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, San Francisco Ballet, The Juilliard School, and, most recently, the School of Dance at Chautauqua Institution, where he was given the Faculty Award for “Most Improved” and 1st Place Award for Choreography. While at Chautauqua, Michael performed in Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s Three Overtures, Mark Diamond’s Bolero, Nightwatch, & Reflections (Of a Life), Sasha Janes’ Four Seasons and Michael Vernon’s Czech Suite, as well as the lead in George Balanchine’s Who Cares?, staged by Patricia McBride.
- Hometown: St. Ignance, MI
- Dancing Since: Age 8
- Seasons with Charlotte Ballet II: 2
- If I weren’t dancing: I would be an author. I love stories, as well as language, writing, and finding new words. I think my love for reading would go hand in hand with my love for writing.
- Favorite movies: Some of my favorites include “The Imitation Game” and “Edward Scissorhands,” but my favorite will always be “Dancer in the Dark.”
- I dance because: I am naturally a bit of an introvert. Ever since I was young, I would use dance as a way to communicate who I was or what I was feeling. It’s the best way for me to be able to present myself. I don’t have to focus on words, I can just use my art to emote and be organic in my expression.
- Favorite Ballet: My favorite classical ballet has to be Manon by Kenneth MacMillan; the choreography is amazing and the passion within the movement is so striking. There are so many incredible contemporary ballets out there too. I love when a ballet goes beyond steps and becomes an experience.