← Back

Michael Menghini

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.

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


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


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


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


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


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!