Michael Sayre

Michael Sayre Company Member

Company Member Since 2013 | From South Bend, Ind.

Favorite local spot: German Village Coffee Shop

Surprising fact: I’ve watched all 10 seasons of “Stargate SG-1” three times and am starting a fourth!

Michael Sayre started dancing at age three at Southold Dance Theater in his hometown of South Bend, Ind., before attending the Joffrey Academy of Dance in Chicago for four years. After graduating from the trainee program at Joffrey, he joined BalletMet in 2013.  Over his seven years at BalletMet, he has performed soloist and principal roles in ballets by choreographers such as Edwaard Liang, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Justin Peck, and others. Some of his most memorable roles in story ballets include Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Gamache in Don Quixote, and the Nutcracker Prince in The Nutcracker.  Michael has danced leading roles in several short ballets by Liang, including Airavata, Age of Innocence, Art of War, and Wunderland. He performed James Kudelka’s The Man in Black, and the pas de deux in Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain. Michael had the privilege of performing the improvisation solo at the beginning of Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16.  He thanks his family and all who have supported him throughout his training and career.

Video and Images by Jennifer Zmuda.