Photo: Alexander Iziliaev

Michael Sheridan

Assistant to the Artistic Director

Assistant to the Artistic Director at Pennsylvania Ballet, Michael Sheridan was raised in St. Petersburg, Florida 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, Mr. Sheridan 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.
 
Mr. Sheridan'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. Mr. Sheridan 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, Mr. Sheridan 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. In 2010, he was credited as Pennsylvania Ballet Liaison in Darren Aronofsky’s Academy Award winning feature film “Black Swan.” Mr. Sheridan has been a member of the faculty of The University of the Arts since the fall of 2005.