Origins and Credentials

As an internationally recognised professional dancer and choreographer, Michael understands the positive impact that creative expression has played in his own life. He identifies with the challenges Indigenous people face in pursuing their goals and dreams because he has been faced with the same challenges. His work tackles a range of challenges and issues experienced by youth including negative self-talk, poor school attendance, low literacy and numeracy skills, poor concentration, a lack of mentoring and discipline, and low respect for others.

Michael’s program seeks to break the cycle of Indigenous youth in communities where social issues restrict them from aspiring to be different and successful. But he does not restrict his work to only Indigenous youth – his purpose is to include and challenge all people in the Pilbara to seize opportunities that will help them take control of their own path in life.

Credentials

  • More than 30 years experience in the performing arts profession including dance, choreography, acting and directing in Australia and the US.
  • Recipient of Sir Winston Churchill Fellowship in 1981.
  • Graduate of Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, New York, in 1983.
  • Founder and former director of Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts in WA and QLD.
  • Founding partner of National Aboriginal & Islander Skills Development Scheme (NAISDA).
  • Founding partner of Black Swan Theatre Company, WA.
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