Profile

Michael Sheridan
Assistant Professor

Assistant professor and director of the Ballet curriculum at the University of the Arts’ School of Dance and assistant to the artistic director at Pennsylvania Ballet, Michael Sheridan was raised in St. Petersburg, Fla., and began his ballet training at the age of 8. Upon completion of his initial training, he was invited to join Milwaukee Ballet in 1982. In 1987, Michael joined the newly formed Pennsylvania-Milwaukee Ballet, remaining with Pennsylvania Ballet when the collaboration ended. After an impressive professional career spanning over 20 years, he retired from the stage in 2002.

Michael's extensive repertoire includes many soloist and principal roles in the works of such noted choreographers as Alvin Ailey, George Balanchine, August Bournonville, John Cranko, Merce Cunningham, Agnes de Mille, Peter Martins, Ben Stevenson, Paul Taylor, Anthony Tudor and Hans van Manen. Additionally, he has premiered original works by Ib Anderson, Gerard Charles, Christopher d'Amboise, Choo San Goh, Jean Grand-Maitre, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Richard Tanner, Matthew Neenan and Robert Weiss. Michael has performed internationally with Pennsylvania Ballet at the Sintra Festival in Portugal and with choreographer Kevin O'Day at the Northwest Phalen Tanz Festival in Germany. He has also been featured on the nationally recognized PBS television series "Dance in America."

In 1993, Michael co-founded Shut Up & Dance, an annual AIDS benefit for MANNA presented by the Dancers of Pennsylvania Ballet. He is a two-time recipient of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship for Emerging Choreographers and was awarded a 2005 Rocky Award presented by the Philadelphia Live Arts-Fringe Festival. He has served as children's ballet master for Pennsylvania Ballet's production of “La Sylphide” and also as children's rehearsal assistant for George Balanchine's “The Nutcracker” and “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” He served as principal instructor for Pennsylvania Ballet's Pre-Professional Division from 2003 to 2006. He has been a guest instructor for the Orlando Ballet School, Next Generation Ballet and the Rock School, to name a few. In 2010, he was credited as Pennsylvania Ballet Liaison in Darren Aronofsky’s Academy Award-winning feature film “Black Swan.” Michael has been a member of the faculty of the University of the Arts’ School of Dance since the fall of 2005


Class Schedule, Fall 2014

M01:00PM - 02:20PMAdv. Pointe & Variations III
M,TH11:30AM - 12:50PMBallet
M,TH11:30AM - 12:50PMBallet
T,F10:00AM - 11:20AMBallet
M,TH08:30AM - 09:50AMBallet
M,T,TH,F08:30AM - 09:50AMBallet
M,T,TH,F08:30AM - 09:50AMBallet
M,T,TH,F08:30AM - 09:50AMBallet
M05:30PM - 08:20PMPedagogies of Perf. in Dance
M04:00PM - 05:20PMSenior Seminar
W05:30PM - 08:20PMStudent Choreography Wrkshp
- Dance Ind Study
- Field Study in Dance

Contact Info

Office: Terra Building 306
Tel: 215-717-6579
Fax: 215-717-6109