September 10, 1951 – April 23, 2012
Michael founded the Newton School of Ballet in St. Louis in 1978. He has trained with such masters as Michael Simms, David Howard, Luigi, Brian McDonald, Fernand Nault, Merce Cunningham, Anna Sokolov, and Ben Harkarvy.
Michael performed with Les Grandes Ballets Canadiens and American Ballet Theatre II. He was a Principal dancer with the Alberta Ballet Company and a guest artist with the New York City Opera Ballet and Ballet Master for St. Louis Ballet. His students have gone on to dance on Broadway and with many professional jazz and ballet companies.