Michael Levine has been involved with professional dance for over 24 years. He has had the privilege of dancing with companies such as the Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theater, and San Francisco Ballet. Michael Levine has also been a member of the tenured resident corps at San Franciso Opera and is a répétiteur for the Gerald Arpino Foundation. He joined NCDC as a teacher in 2014 and is honored to continue as the Director of the Ballet Division.
The majority of Michael Levine’s dancing career was with the Joffrey Ballet, where he had the opportunity to dance many leading and principal roles. He has danced as Romeo in Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, Death in Jooss’s The Green Table, Iago in Limone’s The Moore’s Pavane, The Lover in Tudor’s Lilac Garden, Albrecht in Freddy Franklin’s staging of Giselle, and The Prince in Ashton’s Cinderella. Levine has performed leading parts in numerous Arpino and Joffrey works, including Arthur St. Leon in Pas de Deesses and the leading pas in A Round of Angels, Sea Shadow, and Light Rain. Other leading roles include works by Kylian, Balanchine, and Pilobolus.
While at American Ballet Theater, Levine had the pleasure of appearing in James Kudelka’s Cruel World, Kevin McKenzie’s Transcendental Etudes and Lar Lubovich’s world premier of Othello and A Brahms Symphony.
Michael Levine has received recognition from the LA Times, Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, and Washington Post for his technical ability and classical line as well as for his excellent character portrayal.
Levine has taught, coached, and lead workshops throughout the country including the Joffrey Ballet, Marin Ballet, Lou Conte Dance Center, Point Park University, and University of Wisconsin.
Michael Levine grew up in Grass Valley and began his training at Placer Ballet Theater in Auburn. He was a student performer with Sacramento Ballet before joining the San Francisco Ballet School as a year round student.