A graduate of The North Carolina School of the Arts, Mr. Wardlaw also trained at the prestigious Kirov Academy and the Pennsylvania Ballet on a merit scholarship. He joined the Cincinnati Ballet in 1995, where he served as Senior Soloist for the company for eleven years. Prior to joining Cincinnati Ballet, Mr. Wardlaw was a Soloist for the Tulsa Ballet Theatre and Albany-Berkshire Ballet.
During his fifteen-year performance career, Michael Wardlaw made numerous guest principal appearances throughout the world including international tours to Germany, France, Scotland, Portugal, Alaska, and Venezuela. He has also performed at the Vail International Dance Festival, the Spoleto Festival, the Fringe Festival in Scotland, and has appeared with Ballet Contemporano de Caracas, Mobile Ballet and Boca Ballet Theatre. His work as a performing artist has been reviewed in Dance Magazine, Pointe Magazine, and online at Criticaldance.com.
Now a highly sought-after educator, Mr. Wardlaw is the former school director for Northwest Florida Balletís Pensacola location. He has also taught on the resident faculty of the Cincinnati University Conservatory of Music, Ballet Tech of Ohio, and as an adjunct faculty member at the University of West Florida. Additionally, he has instructed and/or coached many scholarship winners and competition finalists. Mr. Wardlaw has taught master classes for the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, Columbia Ballet School, Charleston Ballet, Carolina Ballet, Encore Talent Competitions, Harid Conservatory, and Mobile Ballet.
Currently, Mr. Wardlaw directs the ballet program at LaBelle Performing Arts and works independently in the media arts in photography and video production.
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