I want to give others the same opportunities that I have been given and open the international world of dance to the next generation of artists.
Join us in welcoming, Pro Arte Centre’s Dance Program Director!
Born in Abbotsford, Miguel’s love of the performing arts started at a young age, studying disciplines such as hip-hop, jazz, contemporary and ballet. Miguel attended the National Ballet School of Canada and Goh Ballet and other local dance studios. After high school, he was invited to participate in Orlando Ballet II under Peter Stark’s direction and danced roles such as Cinderella by Peter Stark, Bolero by Fernando Bujones, Nutcracker, Battle of the Sexes, and Corsaire by Robert Hill.
In 2008, Miguel received the gold medal in IDO (International Dance Organization) in Oslo, Norway for best contemporary solo and received invitations to International Competitions in Helsinki, Finland, and Seoul, Korea. He also attended Jacob’s Pillow, where Director, Anna-Marie Holmes, helped Miguel receive his first professional contract as a soloist in the State Ballet of Georgia under the direction of Nina Ananiashvili where he performed works by Yuri Possokhov, August Bournonville, Alexei Ratmansky and George Balanchine. Other accolades in the company include Flower Festival and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet. Miguel guested in schools and companies in Montreal and Mexico, eventually returning to Vancouver to dance with Coastal City Ballet under Li Yaming. In 2012 Miguel moved to Argentina and danced for seven years as a Principal Dancer in Ballet Centro del Conocimiento while also guesting throughout Paraguay and Brazil. Miguel was well known for the strength of his technique and charismatic personality in portraying lead characters such as Basilio in Don Quixote, Albrecht in Giselle, Siegfried in Swan Lake, Lucien in Paquita, and Solor in Bayadere.
From 2018 to 2020, Miguel was Associate Director of Posadas Ballet Studio in Posadas Argentina, a studio that focuses on preparing professional dancers and students in classical, jazz, and contemporary dance styles. Miguel also continues in his work for the Institute of Culture Promodanca, Brazil, as a consultant, judge, and guest choreographer. Miguel seeks to find scholarships and opportunities for Brazilian dancers and looks forward to hosting international dance students at Pro Arté when COVID restrictions ease.