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Michael Choi

Resident Coach

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Michael Choi began dancing after high school. After graduating from high school early in 1997 he was immediately beckoned by the call from the Lindy Hop and Swing Revival. College called too, so while studying painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Michael continued to dance, picking up other styles along the way; breakdancing (painfully), Hustle, West Coast Swing, and Argentine Tango. It was in Chicago that Michael first began to compete as a Pro-Am student and then as an Open Amateur competitor in Standard and Latin. After college, he moved to New York to pursue his dancing professionally. In New York a whole array of opportunities for training and development opened up. Michael now teaches people from all walks of life, from actors like Donna Mitchell and Nicole Kidman, to Broadway choreographers like Mercedes Ellington and people with more prosaic professions. He is forever grateful to his mentors in dance; Charlotte Jorgensen, who raised him in Standard, Allan Tornsberg and Vibeke Toft for Latin, and Tony Meredith as an artistic and choreographic role-model.


As a dual Fellow of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in both Ballroom and Latin American Michael Choi is one of the preeminent trainers of dance teachers in America. He also served on the National Committee of the U.S.I.S.T.D. from 2012-2015 and as President in 2015. Michael is currently active as a professional Smooth competitor with his partner Erin Marie.



1st Place, Atlanta Open Dancesport Championships, Open Professional Smooth

1st Place, Indianapolis Open Dancesport Championships, Open Professional Smooth



Finalist, US National Classic Showdance – Orlando, FL



Top Teacher, New York Dance Festival



1st Place, Florida State Dancesport Championships, Rising Star Standard

1st Place, Virginia State Dancesport Championships, Rising Star Standard

USDSC Finalist, Rising Star Standard



Take The Floor, Egypt Tour



Life On Mars, ABC, Episode 6, Choreographer

Hot For Manhattan, Iowa Western Community College

Guest Artist at Dance Nakagawa’s 35th Anniversary Dance Festival,Imperial Hotel, Tokyo, Japan



Assistant Choreographer, The Duke Ellington Shakespearean Suite, The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC



Guest Artist at Dance Studio Ishi Winter Show, Tokyo, Japan

Appearance on The Tony Danza Show

Featured performer National Dance Week



Motion picture Mona Lisa Smile principal dancer

1st Place Professional Standard Imperial Star Ball Championships, NJ

Demonstration at the U.S.I.S.T.D. Congress, NYC