Michael Battle (Detroit, MI) began his dance training at Detroit School of the Arts at the age of 14, under the guidance of instructors Mayowa Lisa Reynolds and Nicole Burrell. Battle has received scholarships from the Blue Lake Fine ArtsCamp/Foreign Exchange Program, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Summer Intensive, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and the American Dance Festival Summer Intensive. In 2008 he received an apprenticeship with the Lula Washington Dance Theatre. He 2009 he joined the Lula Washington Dance Theatre company becoming a company member, as well as the artistic director’s assistant in 2009. In 2010 he made his debut performance at the Hollywood Bowl Festival working with the world renowned jazz composer Terence Blanchard. In 2014 he was cast to perform in the Broadway musical, “Hairspray” on the world’s biggest ship at sea with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. Michael has performed works by Donald McKayle, Lula Washington, Christopher Huggins, Daniel Catanach, Ray Mercer, Dwight Rhoden, Tiffany Billings, Frit & Frat, Pat Taylor, Tamica Washington-Miller, Vincent Patterson and many others.