Michael Garrison began his professional career in 1980 with the Tampa Ballet returning to Atlanta in 1981. Over the next twelve years Michael performed with Ballet Rotaru, Carl Ratcliff Dance Theatreand Ruth Mitchell Dance Company. He danced principal and soloist roles in “The Nutcracker”, “Don Quixote”, “Swan Lake”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Carmen” and “Giselle.” He also performed in many contemporary and modern works. Throughout his career Michael distinguished himself as a gifted character dancer, receiving acclaim for his powerful dramaticportrayal of “Poe” in Ruth Mitchell’s “Tales of Edgar Allen Poe” as well as his characterization of “Sancho Panza” in Rotaru’s “Don Quixote" and the dark alter-ego in Ginger Prince's "Lifeline."
Michael has been teaching for twenty-eight years. From 1985 until 1991 he taught for the Rotaru Ballet School where he also conducted company classes for International Ballet Rotaru. In 1991 he embarked on a successful freelance career and in 1997 he founded in partnership with his wife Kitty the North Atlanta Dance Academy. In 1998 they founded North AtlantaDance Theatre.
For eleven years Michael has been the creative force driving NADT. In 2005 he premiered his original "Carmen". In 2007 he successfully stage the timeless romantic classic "Giselle"and in 2008 he premiered his three-act action ballet titled "Pirates of the Phantom Waves"! His rare ability to train dancers, choreograph new works and stage the classics provides a strong single vision guiding North Atlanta Dance Theatre.
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