Michael Woodberry-Means

(ext. 3223), Dance MFA and BFA, University of Michigan, M. Ed, Marygrove College. Professional dance training: School of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance, and the American Dance Festival. Performed with: Dallas Metropolitan Ballet, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble, Martha Graham Dance, Peter Sparling Dance Company, Eisenhower Dance, and Ballethnic Dance Company. Also performed: Switzerland tour of the Toggenburger Passion. Taught and choreographed at Bowling Green State University, Marygrove College, Oakland University and Eastern Michigan University. Guest artist with: Greater Lansing Ballet, and the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. Awarded the 2009 Dance Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Dance Council. Mr. Means is also an ABT® Certified Teacher who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary-Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.  

His most recent performances in Nutcracker as "Drosselmeyer" were the highlight of his year.  Previous roles included "Arabian," for Flint's annual production, and the "Cavalier" for Ann Arbor Ballet Theatre.

"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children."   -Nelson Mandela