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Michael Susten is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a BFA in Jazz Dance Performance and was honored with the Choreography Prize upon graduation. In 2006 Michael moved to Orlando, Florida to pursue a job offer at the Walt Disney World Resorts, where he went on to perform in The Festival of the Lion King and Magic Kingdom’s “Trolley” Show. He then became a seasonal employee and continued to perform over the next five years. He also had the opportunity to choreograph and perform for Disney’s ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Michael created the Xhale Dance Company, a contemporary company based in the heart of Philadelphia. He produced and directed eleven shows while he was still a student. In addition to their seasonal productions, the company also performed in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, The Koresh Artist Showcase and The Choreographer’s Canvas (NYC). After graduation Michael continued producing his company, while teaching at studios in the Tri-State Area, including Dance New Amsterdam in NYC.

In 2010 Michael was a finalist in the Dance Underneath the Stars Choreography Festival in Palm Springs, California. The Xhale Dance Company also had the opportunity to perform as a guest with Tracie Stanfield’s Synthesis Dance Project, before celebrating its 5th Anniversary concert at the Salvatore Capezio Theatre at Peridance last year. Last summer, Michael was honored to be a finalist in the International Choreography Competition at Jazz Dance World Congress. He was featured in Dance Teacher Magazine (November 2012 issue) and also won the video of the month.

Michael is currently a resident of New York City where he still travels around to teach and choreograph as well as judge for regional and national competitions. Most recently Michael was one of the choreographers selected to showcase his work in the Pushing Progress Showcase. For more information visit www.michaelsusten.com and www.youtube.com/xhaledancecompany


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