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”, Front Country’s “Broken Record”, & Lauren Balthrop’s “So We Remember”. Since returning to his home state and joining BTM, Michael has performed roles such as Hilarion in Nicole Kelsch’s 2021 staging of Giselle, Behemoth/ the Devil in the Ukrainian folktale ballet “the Little Slippers” and the titular hero in “Kotyhoroshko” created by Roman Mykyta, as well as the Lead Nomad in Don Quixote. He also had the opportunity of performing at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for the Winter Wonderland concert in 2022. Michael is a certified Yoga instructor and in his spare time enjoys teaching and choreographing. In the 2023 production of Momentum, Michael set his own choreography on the company and premiered his original ballet “Ultraviolet”, inspired by the cosmos and set to music by Timbre Cierpke.