Michael started dancing at the age of ten in Moscow, Russia, and ever since dance was the main focus of his life.
By the age of eighteen as a successful performer/competitor in a global ballroom dance scene, he had won the title of Russian Youth Champion in 1994 and represented his country in a World Championship held in Slovenia.Throughout his career Michael received one-on-one coaching with European and World Champions Allan Tornsberg and Vibeke Toft to ensure the best possible training. Secrets of champions produced strong foundation for teaching students and dramatic competitive results.
Traveling all over Europe (France, Germany, England, Denmark, Norway and other countries) Michael earned international recognition and with his moving to U.S. in 1998 achieved even more success (awarded “Top U.S. National Dance Couple of the Year” in 2000).
Focusing on authentic Latin and South American rhythms, Michael studied Salsa with legendary Eddie Torres and Argentine Tango with the star of “Forever Tango” Broadway Show and Tony Award Winner Carlos Gavito, and at the same time he appeared in stage performances and National TV shows and commercials (Verizon TV commercial, American Express industrial film, “The Guiding Light” TV series, “Latin Fusion” off-Broadway show, “Fania All Stars” concert).