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
For over two decades, he was a Principal Dancer with the
Paul Taylor Dance Company
performing in works by Mr. Taylor, as well as by Pam
Tanowitz, Larry Keigwin, Brian Arias, Margie Gillis and Doug Varone.
Additionally, he was Associate Rehearsal Director and served as the
Director of Worldwide Licensing. Michael has received a 2018 Dance
Magazine Award, a 2006 Bessie Award, and was a 1992 YoungArts awardee
and Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
He is co-founder of the Asbury Park Dance Festival and
continues to perform, most recently dancing in the 2021 Joyce Theater
presentation of Molissa Fenley’s State of Darkness and in New York
City Ballet’s 2020 Lincoln Center performances of George Balanchine’s
Michael currently serves as the Dance Co-Director for
The Metropolitan Opera.