Michael has been in the dance world as a working professional for over thirty years.
Michael is a former competitive Ballroom and Latin dancer who has competed all over the United States and Canada.
His ballroom career began at an Arthur Murray in Milwaukee, and then took off like a rocket. Michael became an instructor and then a phenomenally successful professional competitor.
He eventually transferred to the Arthur Murray in Beverly Hills, and was awarded Top Teacher for the entire nationwide Arthur Murray franchise.
Some of his extraordinary titles include:
Rising Star Champion, Smooth and Rhythm, Ohio Star Ball
Professional Grand Finalist, U.S. Cabaret Championship
Professional Smooth and Rhythm Champion, Great Lakes Ballroom Championship
Finalist, United States Ballroom Competition, New York
Chicago Harvest Moon Ball – Champions Smooth and Rhythm
Minnesota Aquatenial Smooth and Rhythm Champions
California Star Ball Rhythm and Smooth Champions
California Star Ball Rhythm Champions
Texas Challenge “Rising Star” Smooth and Rhythm Champions
LeClasique Rising Star Smooth Champions
Le Clasique Cabaret Champions
Emerald Ball Rising Star Smooth and Rhythm Champions
Embassy Ball Rising Star Smooth and Rhythm Champions
Michael has also had a thriving career in the entertainment world as a dancer and performer. He and Natalia are renowned ballroom entertainers who are in great demand throughout the industry.
Here are just a few of Michael’s entertainment credits:
Film/TelevisionPoseidon (Warner Bros.) – Principal Dancer
Otherwise Engaged – Dancer
Strong Medicine (NBC-TV) – Asst. Choreographer/Dancer
Mrs. Harris (HBO) – Dancer
First Daughter (New Regency) – Dancer
Pirates of the Caribbean (Disney) – Dancer
Blind Date (UPN-TV) – Actor/Dance Teacher
Extreme Dating (UPN-TV) – Actor/Dance Teacher
Will and Grace (NBC-TV) – Asst. Choreographer
Triple Threat (Imagine Pictures) – Dancer
Dance With Me (Sony Pictures) – Dancer
Forever Tango (Julio Iglesias , Music Video) – Dancer
Professor Trance (Island Records, Music Video) – Dancer
Michelle Kwan, Salute to Disney (ABC) – Dancer
“Wasteland”? (ABC-TV) – Dancer
The Young and the Restless (CBS-TV) – Dancer
The Live Lawrence Welk Tour (Rocklands Entertainment) – Dancer/Singer
That’s Dancing (Crystal Cruise Lines) – Ballroom Dancer
Tango Fiesta (Wilshire Theatre) – Tango Dancer
Latin Fantasy (Warner Bros. Fall 2002 Launch Party) – Dancer