Michael Sean BreedenCorps de Ballet
Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky
Michael Sean Breeden was born in Lexington, Ky., where he began training at the Lexington Ballet at the age of 7. He began attending the School of American Ballet on scholarship in 2002, with additional training completed at San Francisco Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Vostrikov’s Academy of Dance. While a student at the School of American Ballet, he performed Tarantella at Symphony Space’s Wall-to-Wall Balanchine centennial event, as introduced by Lourdes Lopez and Edward Villella.
Breeden joined Miami City Ballet as an apprentice in 2006 and was promoted to the corps de ballet in 2008. Since joining the company, he has performed in the works of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Frederick Ashton, Antony Tudor, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Alexei Ratmansky and Liam Scarlett. He has joined Miami City Ballet on acclaimed tours to New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Paris. He has also danced for Boston Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre and Suzanne Farrell Ballet.
Since January 2014, Breeden has given interactive pre-performance talks for Miami City Ballet that broaden the audience’s knowledge of the ballets programmed and allows them to directly question the artists involved.
Roles since joining MCB
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck)
Divertimento No. 15
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™
Symphony in Three Movements
The Four Temperaments
The Steadfast Tin Soldier
Valse Fantaisie (1953)
Year of the Rabbit
Dances at a Gathering
In The Upper Room
Nine Sinatra Songs
“The Golden Section”
Breeden has originated corps roles in Justin Peck’s Heatscape, Liam Scarlett’s Euphotic and Twyla Tharp’s NIGHTSPOT.