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Javier Gonzalez
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A native of Los Angeles, Michael began his dance studies locally with Stanley Holden, Andre Tremaine, and Richard Adama. While still in high school, Michael was awarded full scholarships to study with The San Francisco Ballet and New York City Ballet. Upon graduation in 1979, he moved to New York City to begin a professional dance career and was soon asked to join The Joffrey Ballet, where he began touring nationally. Highlighting his career with The Joffrey, Michael performed in the U.S. premiere of Cranko's "Taming of the Shrew", filmed for PBS television "Petrushka" with Rudolph Nureyev, and was invited to perform for President and Mrs. Reagan in Washington D.C. in 1981. In 1982, Michael became a guest artist with various dance companies in Germany, dancing principle roles such as the Nutcracker Prince, Prince Siegfried in "Swan Lake", and James in "La Sylphide". As a permanent member of The Berlin Ballet from 1985 to 1992, Michael worked with the world's most renowned dancers and choreographers such as Sylvie Guillem, Rudolph Nureyev, Maurice Béjart, and John Neumeier, to name a few. Returning to the Los Angeles area, Michael attained his degree in Arts Administration from Chapman University in 2000 and currently is on staff at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, the Mexican American Cultural Center of Los Angeles County.