Michael West Jr.
Michael West Jr. is a native of Baltimore, Maryland where his training began in Baltimore County Public Schools. Upon graduating from George Washington Carver Center for the Arts & Technology, he was invited to join Nashville Ballet’s official second company, NB2 where he trained and performed for two seasons. Michael moved on to perform as an aerialist and dancer with Nashville-based contemporary dance company FALL, and later with Suspended Gravity Circus. While in Nashville, he had the pleasure of performing at a variety of venues including the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Marathon Music Works, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, OZ Arts Center, and many others. West has been featured in the official music videos for OBB’s “Sweater”, Humming House’s “Takin’ Over” & “Companion”, Front Country’s “Broken Record”, & Lauren Balthrop’s “So We Remember”. Michael is a certified Yoga instructor and in his spare time enjoys teaching and choreographing. His original work “Sunrise” - created to music by harpist and composer Timbre Cierpke - is featured in the Suspended Gravity film “IN THE EYE”. Also, his original writing can be found in the book “The Fabric of Space and Time” edited by Sarah Atenhan for Satellite Dance, where he describes the experience of losing his mother during the 2020 pandemic and how it has informed his relationship with dance. Michael is thrilled to return to his home state to do what he loves most.