Michael was trained in the Russian technique at the Polish National Ballet School and was the 1998 winner of the highly prestigious ‘Prix de Lausanne’ international ballet competition. After this, he completed his training at the Royal Ballet Upper School in London.
Michael then had a successful career as a soloist dancer with the Birmingham Royal Ballet, his repertoire included; The Nutcracker (role: Nutcracker doll), The Sleeping Beauty (Cavalier and Bluebird), Romeo & Juliet (Benvolio), The Nutcracker Sweeties (Buttons), Carmina Burana (First Seminarian) Powder, Fancy Free, Dante Sonata and Elite Syncopations. After an injury prematurely ended his ballet career he then played the role of Chevalier Danceny in Adam Cooper’s Dangerous Liaisons in the West End, before turning to teaching. He was awarded the ISTD DDI teaching diploma in 2012 and in 2013 the DDE.
He choreographed Exposé for Birmingham Royal Ballet’s 2002 fundraising Winter Ball, Dumbarton Oaks for BRB’s Stravinsky Festival and for Birmingham Royal Ballets Summer School as well as designing their sets and costumes.
Photographed here with GAPA’s primary ballet boys.