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Forest Hills, New York 11375

Michael Choi

Michael began dancing Swing during the revival of the late 90’s, but soon moved on to
other styles. While attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for painting, he
began competing as an amateur in Standard and Latin. After a brief stint at Fred
Astaire, he began working at the Sandra Cameron Dance Center. That turned out to be
the best of both worlds because it was there that he passed his first Associate exams in
Standard and Latin, and had the opportunity to work with some of the icons of the early
days of Swing and American social dancing like Frankie Manning and Peter DiFalco.
Michael has competed as a professional nationally and internationally in Latin,
Ballroom, and Smooth. He’s been a U.S. National finalist in Rising Star Ballroom and
Classic Showdance, and won many Open Professional Smooth competitions with
various partners.
As a teacher he’s coached actors like Nicole Kidman and choreographers like Mercedes
Ellington, and danced with his pro-am students on their way to US Championship and
Best of the Best titles. He’s also consulted on shows like the Rockette’s Summer
Spectacular choreographed by Mia Michaels in 2016, the Kennedy Center production of
Duke Ellington’s Shakespearean Suite, and the ABC TV show Life on Mars.
From 2012-2015 he served, first as Secretary of the National Committee of the USISTD,
and then as President. In 2017 he was appointed as a Ballroom Examiner for the
USISTD. Michael continues to perform and compete, and train dancers of all levels in
New York.
Education and Training
Ongoing – Continued teaching and competitive training in International Ballroom and
Latin, American Smooth and Rhythm, Theater Arts.
Fellow, USISTD International Ballroom, Latin American, American Ballroom
Licentiate, USISTD Rhythm
Extensive teaching and performance experience with Hustle, West Coast Swing,
Argentine Tango, and Lindy Hop
2010 – Gyrotonic Level I certification
2001 – B.F.A. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Work Experience
2017 – Present: Examiner
2008 – Present: Independent dance instructor
2014 – Present: Paul Pellicoro’s Dancesport: Staff training
2014 – 2016: President, USISTD
2011 – 2013: Executive Secretary, USISTD
2004 – 2008: Dance Times Square: Dance Director, Instructor
2001 – 2004: Sandra Cameron Dance Center, Instructor
Achievements and Awards
2019
• Appointed Examiner, USISTD, American Ballroom, Latin American
• Semi-Finalist, Ohio Star Ball, Open Professional Smooth
• 1st Place, Savannah Open Dancesport Championships, Open Professional
Smooth
2017
• Appointed Examiner, USISTD, Ballroom (assessed in UK)
2016
• Assistant Choreographer under Mia Michaels for the Radio City Rockettes
Summer Spectacular
2015
• Grand Hotel Revival, Principle Dancer, New York
• Dancesport Series Top Teacher, 7th place
• 1st Place, Atlanta Open Dancesport Championships, Open Professional Smooth
• 1st Place, Indianapolis Open Dancesport Championships, Open Professional
Smooth
• Semi-Finalist, Ohio Star Ball, Open Professional Smooth
2013
• Finalist, US National Classic Showdance – Orlando, FL
2012
• Top Teacher, New York Dance Festival
2011
• 1st Place, Florida State Dancesport Championships, Rising Star Standard
• 1st Place, Virginia State Dancesport Championships, Rising Star Standard
• USDSC Finalist, Rising Star Standard
2009
• Take The Floor, Principle Dancer, Egypt Tour
2008
• Life On Mars, ABC, Episode 6, Choreographer
• Hot For Manhattan, Iowa Western Community College
• Guest Artist at Dance Nakagawa’s 35th Anniversary Dance Festival,Imperial
Hotel, Tokyo, Japan
2007
• Assistant Choreographer, The Duke Ellington Shakespearean Suite, The
Kennedy Center, Washington, DC
2006
• Guest Artist at Dance Studio Ishi Winter Show, Tokyo, Japan
• Appearance on The Tony Danza Show
2003
• Motion picture Mona Lisa Smile principal dancer
• 1st Place Professional Standard Imperial Star Ball Championships, NJ