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Michael Blake

Director, Master Teacher, Dancer, Actor, Singer, Writer, Producer


New York, United States

Michael Blake holds an MFA in dance from Purchase College, and a 2010 Bessie Award for Dance and Performance. He began his dance career in the Murray Louis Dance Company where he danced from 1982-1984. In 1985, Michael moved to Osaka, Japan to become the manager of Studio Dancin'. In 1986 he joined the Jose Limon Dance Company, dancing principal roles until 1991. Michael danced with Donald Byrd/The Group from 1991-1998. He has also danced with PARADIGM Dance, Joyce Trisler Danscompany, Shapiro and Smith, and Netta Yerushalmy. He has appeared on stage in Vinnette Carroll's, What You Gonna Name That Pretty Little Baby? choreographed by Talley Beatty. At the Supper Club, NYC, a national tour of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, the Public Theater's rock-musical, Lenny and the Heartbreakers, toured with Cab Calloway in Cab Calloway's Cotton Club Review, and danced in the films THE ADVENTURES OF CRI CRI (Murray Louis/Alwin Nikolais), and UNSETTLED DREAMS (Donald Byrd). He has taught numerous workshops both nationally and internationally. He was Artistic Director of the Jazz and Contemporary Trainee Program at the Joffrey Ballet School from 2011-2017. Michael currently teaches open Contemporary Dance classes at Steps on Broadway, and Peridance Capezio Center in New York City. He is on the dance faculty at Hunter College teaching Jazz Dance for The Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program, and the BA Undergraduate Dance Program.

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Adjunct Associate Professor

Hunter College  |  New York, United States

January, 2018 - Present

Teaching a course in Jazz Dance History and Techniques

Founding Member

5Plus Ensemble  |  New York, United States

November, 2017 - Present

5Plus Ensemble features artists who have repeatedly performed at the top of their game from show to show, company to company, stage to stage. The ensemble represents those who continue to challenge the boundaries of time by defying what some see as the limitations of age. 5Plus Ensemble is a vibrant and viable company of mature artists steeped in an abundance of life experiences, performative richness, and artistic invention. Founding members: Carmen de Lavallade, Hope Clarke, Sheila Rohan, Michael Blake and Darryl Rueben Hall.

Teaching Artist

Peridance Capezio Center  |  New York, United States

September, 2017 - Present

Michael's Contemporary class is Limon-based and is steeped in classicism, jazz, traditional modern dance dynamics, and qualities while focusing on physical storytelling and focus. He works with each dancer to find their full movement range and potentials.

Teaching Artist

Steps on Broadway  |  New York, United States

September, 2017 - Present

Michael's Contemporary class is Limon-based and is steeped in classicism, jazz, traditional modern dance dynamics, and qualities while focusing on physical storytelling and focus. He works with each dancer to find their full movement range and potentials.


Paramodernities by Netta Yerushalmy (Fosse)  |  New York, United States

August, 2017 - Present

Paramodernities is a meditation on different tracks of modernism within and beyond the purview of dance.

Artistic Director Joffrey Ballet School Jazz Contemporary Program

Joffrey Ballet School  |  United States

June, 2011 - August, 2017 (6 Years 2 Months)

Developer of the Jazz and Contemporary syllabus and curriculum for the year long program, and the summer intensives.

Modern Dance Instructor

The Joffrey School  |  United States

August, 2010 - August, 2017 (7 Years )

Program director and teacher for the Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary Program, and Modern and Contemporary teacher for the Joffrey Ballet Program.

Institution Instructor

Ballet Hispanico  |  United States

June, 2009 - May, 2011 (1 Year 11 Months)

Boys Class (dance introduction to boys 6 years to 12)
Modern Dance for teens
Pre-professional Limon Classes
Company Class


PARADIGM  |  United States

January, 2005 - Present

Gus Solomons jr
Valda Setterfield
Karen Brown
Carmen de Lavallade
Michael Blake

Movement for Actors Instructor

HB Studio  |  United States

January, 2003 - May, 2014 (11 Years 4 Months)

Power/Movement/Dance for Actors?
YOUR BODY IS YOUR INSTRUMENT. As Uta Hagen has said, “This instrument is the violin on which (you) will play.” Through Pilates-based mat exercises, dance technique, and movement projects, Michael Blake’s class will help you develop a more expressive, toned, performance-ready body. As you improve your range of motion, body awareness, flexibility, and overall physical power, you will expand your range as an actor. Your physical characterizations become more detailed and your physical emotionality more compelling. This class offers everything you will need to become a confident “actor who moves well” on set or stage. Strength building mat exercises are followed by a dance warm up to improve stamina and coordination. Each class concludes with project-based movement investigation that leads toward a performance to improve physical storytelling, stage presence, and overall physical confidence.


Rutgers University  |  United States

September, 2002 - May, 2011 (8 Years 8 Months)

Movement for Actors Instructor


The Supper Club  |  United States

January, 2000 - January, 2001 (1 Year )



Donald Byrd/The Group  |  United States

May, 1991 - August, 1998 (7 Years 3 Months)

Dancer/Rehearsal Director/Ballet Master

Modern Dance Instructor

Steps On Broadway  |  United States

January, 1991 - January, 2007 (16 Years )

Teacher of Modern, Modern Jazz, and Movement for Actors.


Jose Limon Dance Company  |  United States

May, 1986 - September, 1991 (5 Years 4 Months)

Dancer and institution manager.


Murray Louis Dance Company  |  United States

November, 1981 - August, 1984 (2 Years 9 Months)


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MFA Dance-Dance

Purchase College, SUNY-United States

United States

2001 - 2003 (2 year)

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