Michael Houston received his first 10 years of training from former principal dancers at the acclaimed Houston Ballet and San Antonio Ballet. Supplemental training over the next 15 years includes workshops, master classes and private coaching from world-renowned ballet masters from Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Bolshoi, Kirov, and Joffrey Ballet.
As a principal dancer with Ballet Repertory Theatre, Michael’s stage performances include: Grand Pas de Deux’s from Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, Flower Festival, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Black Swan, Grand Pas Classique, Satanella, and Esmeralda. Full-length Ballet Lead roles include Coppelia, La Bayadere, Paquita, Les Sylphides, and Nutcracker.
During Mr. Houston’s tenure as Owner/ Director/ Trainer at Orange County Dance Center from 1994-2012, students received professional contracts to Pacific Northwest Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Ballet West, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Ballet Austin, Ballet Pacifica, American Repertory Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Complexions, and Cirque de Soleil. Michael’s students have received national training scholarships from ABT, Jacqueline Onassis School, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet, The Rock School, SAB, Kirov Academy, Joffrey New York, Boston Ballet and Julliard. His students have received high placing honors in solo, pas de deux and ensemble categories at Youth America Grand Prix over the past decade, including special awards for technical excellence, and pre-professional year-round scholarships. 2015/2016 highlights include a professional contract to Alvin Ailey as a featured dancer on the cover of Dance Magazine, Alberta Ballet (Canada), and Boston Ballet 2. YAGP Senior classical division regional champion, 3rd Place Senior classical division award, both YAGP students receiving invitations to the New York City international finals and two Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight awards semi-finalists in the classical division. Thus far in 2017, Michael’s students have been awarded: a year-round full tuition scholarship to Ballet West, a promotion to Corps de Ballet /artist contract to Boston Ballet, a nomination for the prestigious Princess Grace National scholarship award for classical dance and a record 4 National Titles Won at USA Nationals Competition for San Clemente High School Dance Team as Ballet Trainer.
Mr. Houston’s ballet trained contemporary dancers have contracted and performed with the Julliard Dance Ensemble/European Tour, The Metropolitan Opera New York, Dancing With The Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Radio City Rockettes and Mia Michaels. Mr. Houston’s original choreography includes writing and directing all phases of an original 3 act Ballet, (under copyright), “Corazones de Espana,” full-length Nutcracker, sections of Romeo and Juliet, Alice in Wonderland, and the restaging of many others. Last year Mr. Houston was acknowledged for his ballet training in dance articles in both Pointe and Capezio magazine respectively.
We are truly honored to have Michael Houston joining us at Avanti and sharing his incredible training and expertise as a top professional in the ballet industry with our students.