Mike starting dancing at the age of 6 and realized his love of the art shortly thereafter. Throughout his career, Mike has trained intensively in tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, ballet and partnering as well as performing in musical theatre and modern.
Mike is the current World Tap Dance Champion in the “Battle of the Feet”. Along with his title win, he has won a total of 6 medals in his two appearances at the World Tap Dance Championships in Germany, spanning across solo, duet, and group categories. During his 12 years of competition, Mike won numerous overall awards and titles including but not limited to: Mr. Bedazzled, Mr. Dance Canada, Champion of Champions and Dynamic Dancer Awards (Highest mark of the competition). Additionally, he has won the Be Discovered, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Tiffany McLean’s Jazz and O.I.P. Intensive scholarships.
Through his career Mike has been fortunate to train with many of the greatest dancers of our time including: Lane Alexander, Jason Samuels Smith, Derick Grant, Sam Weber, Bril Barrett, and Michelle Dorrance to name a few. Mike also recognizes the benefits of continued education in dance, and travels every summer to Chicago to further his own training.
Mike has performed with Shawn Byfield’s “Funk Factory” and was a founding member of Everett Smith’s tap company “Bringing Tap Back”. Most recently, he was a member of the “ONE Movement” anti-bullying performance company. Other projects have included: The Miss America Pageant, The Humber River Hospital Benefit, the Kitchener-Waterloo Choreographer’s Ball, McDonald’s Canada National Conference, and a guest performance with the True Jive Pluckers and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also the Canadian representative for the “House of Tap Project”; a collective with the goal of uniting the tap community worldwide.
Mike began teaching dance in 2009, after having assisted for many years before that. His passion for working with children and youth has lead him to mentor as a Youth Facilitator with the Kiwanis “Key Leader” program, and as a workshop leader and guest speaker at the Kids4Kids summer leadership camp.
After spending two years dancing aboard the Disney Dream and Fantasy cruise ships, Mike returned home to reignite his teaching career. In the time since, he has become a sought after instructor, guest teacher, and choreographer throughout the GTA. Mike cherishes his time spent encouraging and inspiring his students, and imbuing them with the same love of dance and performance that has him shuffling down the street.