Michael Berkin is a former Head Boy of The Royal Ballet School. He trained there for 8 years, graduating with the Royal Ballet School Diploma in Dance. Whilst training at the school, Michael also performed in many of the Royal Ballet’s productions on the famous Royal Opera House stage in Covent Garden.
Michael has also completed the Diploma in Ballet Education Practice, awarded by The Royal Ballet School and Royal Opera House.
During his professional performing career, Michael has danced with many top international ballet companies including Birmingham Royal Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Ballet Ireland and Northern Ballet. He has performed in New Zealand, China and Thailand and toured extensively throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
Michael Berkin’s roles have included The Nutcracker Prince and Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker, the lead in Les Sylphides, Tybalt, Paris and Lord Capulet in Romeo & Juliet, Captain Hook in Peter Pan, Seward and Van Helsing in Dracula and Sharpless in Madame Butterfly to name but a few.
Michael’s interest in teaching dance began early on in his career. Whilst still a student he assisted in teaching ballet classes at the Royal Ballet School’s International Summer School Programme. Michael continued to teach alongside his performing career. He has worked with the Learning and Access departments of The Royal New Zealand Ballet and Northern Ballet, teaching dance workshops in schools in the local community and workshops for visually impaired people as well as guest teaching at a number of dance schools.
Most recently, Michael has taught as Guest Ballet Master for Northern Ballet, teaching and rehearsing the professional ballet dancers on the U.K tour of Ugly Duckling, a ballet for children.
Michael has also taught at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, at Leeds University and at the Northern Ballet Academy. He has also been invited to teach ballet masterclasses for the Royal Academy of Dance and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.