Align Ballet Method Creator & Artistic Director Michael is a graduate of the National Academy of Arts in Champaign, Illinois. He studied classical ballet with the Royal Ballet dancer Petrus Bosman and American master teacher Robert Dicello. After completing a scholarship with the Pennsylvania School of Ballet, Michael danced with the innovative BalletMet of Columbus, Ohio for 10 years. Michael’s contemporary dancing skills led him to his principle roles in original & signature work by David Parsons (The Parsons Company/New York), James Kudelka (Director of The National Ballet of Canada), Liz Lerman (Harvard Artist in Residence & Genius Award Winner) and Alonzo King (Lines Ballet/San Francisco). He has performed several principle roles in La Bayadère, Le Corsaire, Cinderella, and has appeared in George Balanchine’s Serenade. After relocating to L.A., Michael began his career as a Hollywood personal trainer, where he developed a number of unique fitness industry concepts. Michael created the ALIGN BALLET METHOD by combining forms of contemporary American ballet training and elements of sports science. This technique allows Michael and the Align Ballet team to work with individuals at all levels of fitness. Downtown Dance & Movement is proud to host Align Ballet Method adult ballet classes and Re-Align Barre Workout. All Align classes must be reserved through Align Ballet’s website, www.alignballetmethod.com.