Michael Caye

          “Ballet is an incredibly difficult, beautiful art form that takes a lot of training,  

a lot of time, and a lot of hard work.”-Sutton Foster 

         Michael Caye of Ross Township knows all too well that it takes much training and talent to perfect the fine art of ballet.  At the age of 18, he has masterfully danced his way through numerous exquisite performances. 

       Michael began dancing at the age of seven, at Michele’s Dance Center on Rt. 19 in McCandless Township.  At 10-years old, he performed in the national tour of The Wizard of Oz at Heinz Hall, where he portrayed a munchkin. 

       From seventh through tenth grade, Michael attended Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School in Midland, Beaver County, where he was enrolled as a dance major.  While there, he danced lead parts in every show, including the Prince in both The Nutcracker and Cinderella and Peter in Peter and the Wolf.  He was a member of the National Honor Society and the National Honor Society of Dance Arts.       

       For his junior and senior years, Michael trained at the Miami City Ballet School’s Pre-Professional Program.  While there, he completed his 11th and 12th grade classes through Lincoln Park’s online courses.  During his time as a student, he got the opportunity to dance as a Jet in Jerome Robbins, West Side Story Suite with the Miami City Ballet Company.  He has danced lead roles in numerous George Balanchine ballets as well as choreographed two works called Our Endings and a solo performance entitled Free to Fly, which he performed when he came back to Lincoln park for the senior showcase. 

       Michael has attended Point Park University’s Summer Dance Intensive from age 10-14, as well as summer courses at Miami City Ballet. “This dance journey has been difficult but very rewarding. I spend many hours in the studio perfecting little things on my technique. Even though it will never be perfect, I try to always keep improving, especially now that I’m a professional. As a student, all you focus on is your training, but now transitioning to being a professional ballet dancer your focus is on rehearsing so that your performance is something to make the audience want to come back,” Michael said. 

      The newest chapter for Michael is that he has received a company apprenticeship with the Nevada Ballet Theatre for the 2018-2019 season.  At the age of 18, he is the youngest member of the company.  “Moving to Vegas and joining the company is a huge step. Since this is my first year, this is the time to prove myself and to show that I’m worth watching. I love the director and love the repertoire, and so you put pressure on yourself to be the best you can be. I’m so looking forward to performing these beautiful ballets in their gorgeous theatre and to touch the hearts of Vegas audiences.” 

      Merdè Michael! We know you will continue to shine in Vegas. 

 By Paula Green 

 

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