Mike started 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, contemporary, ballet and partnering as well as performing in musical theatre
Mike was the World Tap Dance Champion in the “Battle of the Feet” in both 2016
and 2018 before judging the event in 2019. Along with his title wins, he won a total
of 12 medals in his appearances at the World Tap Dance Championships in Germany
before returning to teach master classes and judge at the event. Mike is proud to
have trained and choreographed for the “Canadian National Tap Team” (IDO and
World Performers), the “German National Dance Teams” (Tap, Jazz), and the “Italian
National Tap Team”. His students have seen great success at world level events, with
highlights including: Silver medals at the “Commonwealth Dance Cup” in South
Africa, and Gold medals at the German and Italian National Tap Championships,
“World Dance Cup” and “World Tap Dance Championships”.
Mike began teaching dance in 2009. He then went on to spend two years dancing
aboard the “Disney Dream” and “Fantasy” cruise ships, before returning home to
reignite his teaching career, though it never stopped him from sharing his love of
performing. Mike was a founding member of Everett Smith’s tap company “Bringing
Tap Back” (Where he also had the chance to showcase his own choreography), and
has performed with Shawn Byfield’s “Funk Factory” and Suzy Guarino-Hall’s “Tap
24.7”, in additional to creating work for the “Detroit Tap Repertory”. Other projects
have included: “The Miss America Pageant”, the “Humber River Hospital Benefit”,
“Southlake Hospital Gala”, featured performances for “McDonald’s Canada” and
“Delta Hotels International”, and a guest solo performance with the “True Jive
Pluckers” and the “Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra”.
In early 2020, as the world learned the true meaning of the word “Pivot”, Mike
quickly transitioned his company “Music in Motion” to offer free online tap training
with both himself, and renowned guest teachers from around the world. His classes
reached dancers from over 70 countries, totaling well over 150,000 views, and
more than 20,000 hours of viewing time.
Mike is proud to have become sought after performer, instructor, choreographer,
and adjudicator throughout Canada and beyond. 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.