Michael Newton

With all our love,

Sept 10, 1951 – April 23, 2012

8 Comments

  1. Rachel Frank Apr 30, 2012
    12:12 am

    I knew Michael when I was in St Louis, only for 2 years, and since then I’ve always been amazed at how much he influenced me. There are things he taught me about dance that I still treasure. I will remember him and the joy in dancing that he gave me always.

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  2. Scott Wuellner Apr 30, 2012
    10:54 pm

    I knew Mike from our high school years. Those were some “crazy times”, as most high school years are,
    but we managed to survive them. One of my most vivid memories of Mike, was the night he and I saved a young girl from being gang raped. In the process, I nearly got my throat cut, and the car in which Mike was driving (his parents car) got the passenger side door kicked in. To this day, I don’t recall if Mikes’ parents totally believed this story, but thanks to some creative driving by Mike, we
    were able to avoid a further confrontation by a gang of “greasers”.
    I have been out of touch with Mike for many years now. After high school, we both took off on our separate journeys and never looked back. I do know that Mike enjoyed dance. I knew that as far back
    as high school, so if he took it to the level of teaching………..then I am sure he was in his element. I have no doubts that, through the many years of teaching, he touched the lives of his students in a most profound way.
    I was sad to hear of Mikes’ passing, but I do not grieve for him. Michael is still doing what he loves……
    he’s still dancing! Can you imagine the music he is dancing to now.!!!

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  3. Nicole Holahan Sep 27, 2012
    6:10 pm

    Michael we still love you with all of our hearts. You were a really great teacher and were very fun to be around. :,)

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  4. Jenni Powell Oct 27, 2012
    8:53 pm

    I just discovered Michael passed today (Oct 2012!) when I found your new website Sandy! Oh wow. Mr. Newton was my FIRST ever ballet teacher back in 1998 when I was 22 years old. He taught me for the 4 years I lived in Saint Louis when my husband was going to grad school. What an amazing teacher, funny guy, dedicated, passionate… He even got me up in pointe shoes in my “old age!” I am now living in the Wisconsin northwoods and am a ballet teacher myself. And he is the reason I discovered the beauty of dance, the reason I stuck with it and now I can pass on all he taught to other little ballerinas. Thank you Michael, thank you Sandy!

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  5. Jennifer and Michelle have taught us so much, I think Michael would be proud of the way we not only transformed as dancers, but people too.

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  6. Jim Willingham Jun 9, 2013
    8:52 pm

    I danced with Michael when we were both newbies in the world of dance. Michael was being trained by Michael Simms and I was being trained by one of the most wonderful ladies I have ever known, Alexandra Zaharias. Michael was a so dedicated in his training and learning for his career in dance. He was a true inspiration. I can remember those days of competition with Michael. We had some great times.
    I found this notice of michael’s passing because I have a 9 year old grandson who is an up and coming dancer. He is truly gifted. I attended his recital last night and was so motivated that I came home and started searching for Michael and others whom I had danced with. I wish so badly that I had done this much sooner. Perhaps I would have been able to contact Michael.

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  7. Michael Newton was my first serious ballet teacher in 1978 when I was in high school. He instilled a deep respect for ballet and classical jazz. He introduced me to what it is to be disciplined which led to the idea if being a professional dancer. At 17, he encouraged me to audition for the Muny which have me my Equity card. After high school graduation I went on to NYC and danced on Bway for another 16 yrs. I lost touch with Michael many years ago and am sorry to hear of his death. He was a very complex personality who expected as much of his students and he did from himself. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to see him again.

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