Michael Crawford was born and raised in Takoma Park, Maryland. He began his dancing with the Maryland Youth Ballet and at the Kirov Academy with Vladmir Djoulahatze, spending summers at The Rock School and San Francisco Ballet. Mr. Crawford then moved on to the Washington Ballet where he performed with the company under the direction of Septime Webre. Upon graduation, he went on to study in the Professional Division of The Pacific Northwest Ballet under Kent Stowell and Francia Russell. After leaving PNB, he has danced with Dance Theatre of Harlem, Jose Mateo Ballet, Ballet Memphis, and American Repertory Ballet. He has also the privilege of guesting with The Washington national Opera, Adam Miller Dance Project, Kinetic Dance Works, and TranscenDance Group. During the course of his career, he has worked with choreographed Michael Smuin, Trey Mcintyre, Kent Stowell and Joseo Mateo amongst many others. Michael is also an award winning teacher and choreographer. He has been teaching internationally for 10 years and choreographing for 5. He has coached many prize winning students for competitions such as Youth America Grand Prix.