Michael began dancing at the age of eight. He trained with the Crooked Tree Arts Center School of Ballet under Artistic Director, Heather Raue, throughout middle and high school. During his training, Michael was given scholarships to train at summer intensives such as Houston Ballet, Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, San Francisco Ballet, The Juilliard School, and the School of Dance at Chautauqua Institution, where he was given the 1st Place Award for Choreography. After graduating high school, Michael began his career as a member of Charlotte Ballet II for 2 seasons. While at Charlotte, he was involved in premieres such as the North American Premiere of Javier de Frutos’ The Most Incredible Thing, and the world premieres of Peter Chu’s Rite of Spring, and Sasha Janes’ Wuthering Heights. He also performed the roles of Nutcracker Prince & Drosselmeyer in Jean Pierre Bonnefoux’s The Nutcracker, The titular role in Mark Diamond’s Matisse, and the Lead Man in George Balanchine’s Who Cares? staged by Kennedy Center Honoree, Patricia McBride.