Michael Trusnovec

Michael Waldrop

Michael Trusnovec (Contemporary Taylor Technique), Hailed by the New York Times as “one of the world’s most luminous dancers,” Michael Trusnovec grew up dancing on Long Island, graduated from the Long Island High School for the Performing Arts, and earned a BFA in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University. For over two decades, Michael was a Principal Dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, creating over 25 roles with, and appearing in more than 70 dances choreographed by Mr. Taylor. He premiered new works by Larry Keigwin, Doug Varone, Lila York, Brian Arias, Margie Gillis and Pam Tanowitz and was featured in the company’s presentation of Martha Graham’s Diversion of Angels. Additionally, Mr. Trusnovec was Associate Rehearsal Director, Director of Worldwide Licensing, was featured in the 2004 PBS Great Performances: Acts of Ardor and the 2013 Paul Taylor in Paris, and continues to act as a repetiteur of Mr. Taylor’s dances and teacher of the stye. Among his honors are a 2018 Dance Magazine Award, the “Positano Premia La Danza” Dancer of the Year 2016, a 2006 Bessie Award, and in 1992 he was a YoungArts awardee and Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Michael serves on the Board of Directors of Dance on Camera, and co-curates the Dance on Camera Festival. He is a National Reviewer for YoungArts, and co-founded the Asbury Park Dance Festival in 2019. Mr. Trusnovec most recently performed Molissa Fenley’s State of Darkness, at the Joyce Theater and appeared with New York City Ballet’s Winter 2020 Lincoln Center performances of George Balanchine’s Episodes in the solo made famous by Mr. Taylor. He is currently the Co-Director of Dance for The Metropolitan Opera.