Michael has now delivered four dance workshops at DJDA for various ages, the Nutcracker, Coppelia, Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty, they were all fantastic and a real treat for the DJDA pupils to get to work with an ex professional dancer who had a wealth of expertise and knowledge.
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. He has since been invited to work as a freelance ballet teacher with The Royal Ballet School.
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 U.K 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 and 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, working 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.
Michael has taught as Guest Ballet Master for Northern Ballet, teaching and rehearsing the professional ballet dancers on the U.K tour of ‘The Ugly Duckling’, a ballet for children. He has also taught on the Professional Graduate programme at Northern Ballet and taught and rehearsed the dancers for the 2014 tour of ‘The Three Little Pigs’. Michael Berkin has 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 RAD and the ISTD. Michael worked alongside Wayne Sleep and Monica Loughman delivering ballet classes on the Channel 4 documentary, Big Ballet.