Dance Teacher Faculty Bio | Michael Blevins | Steps on Broadway Faculty – Steps on Broadway
Michael Blevins
MICHAEL BLEVINS is originally from East Tennessee. He attended the University of North Carolina, majoring in Acting and Dance and continued his studies in the performing arts at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He has appeared in several Broadway productions including, Bring Back Birdie, Neil Simon's Little Me, and the Tony Winning Tap Dance Kid in which he created the role of "Winslow". Favorite Regional Theatre credits include: Andrew in Love Letters, with Constance Shulman, the Emcee in Cabaret with Tony Winner Beth Leavel, and Johnny Burton [role written for Blevins] in Drumwright with two-time Tony winner John Cullum. Other work includes appearances in a slew of National and International TV commercials, plus network television shows and specials including the "Tony Awards Show", and a regular spot on the ABC series "The Nashville Palace". Major film roles include a cameo in "Zelig", and a supporting role in the screen biography "Chaplin", yet he is most widely known for his portrayal of Mark in the movie "A Chorus Line". Most recently, Blevins joined artists from around the world to celebrate one of America's greatest art forms performing selections from Bob Fosse's DANCIN' at City Center in the Career Transistion For Dancer's Benefit Gala with Tony Award Winner Laura Benanti, Ashley Bouder & Andrew Veyette from New York City Ballet, Emmy Award Winner Valerie Harper, Jacques d'Amboise, Isadora Duncan Dance Company, Kathleen Marshall, Nicole Fosse, Sandahl Bergman, & Robert LaFosse. (www.MichaelBlevins.com - www.GroupTheatreToo.org)

Blevins feels fortunate having worked for many Tony and Academy Award winning Directors and Choreographers including Sir Richard Attenborough, Joe Layton, Woody Allen, Vivian Matalon, Peter Gennaro, Danny Daniels and Bob Fosse. He has performed with a wide variety of top-notch performers including Chita Rivera, Michael Douglas, Andy Griffith, Donald O'Conner, Diane Lane, Victor Garber, Brooke Sheilds, Savion Glover, James Coco, Bebe Neuwirth, Beth Leavel, Jane Krakowski and Robert Downey, Jr. He has been featured on "Good Morning America" for ABC-TV and on the covers of "Dance Magazine" and "USA Today".

Mr. Blevins is also an accomplished Director/Choreographer having choreographed the Off-Broadway production of The Mad Forest for the Manhattan Theatre Club and several national TV commercials for "Days Inn", plus music videos for redording artists Melba Moore and Amy Grant. He has lent his choreographic assistance to a long list of network television specials including "How To Be A Man" with Scott Baio for CBS and "The Country Music Awards" with Charlie Daniels and Barbara Mandrell for NBC. He has Directed and Choreographed the National Tours of Babes In Toyland, Aladdin, and Tom Sawyer for the American Family Theatre. Most recently he directed and choreographed the NYC revival of Seesaw, and his original musical Count To Ten at NYMF and was hailed by national theatre critic, Peter Felicia, as a "Wizard of a Director/Choreographer".

Michael Blevins is a highly respected and experienced teacher having sustained an International teaching career for over twenty years. Along with Gwen Verdon he co-founded the MTW Academy the first young people's Musical Theatre program run by a professional Off-Broadway theatre company. Former child students include: Broadway and film actress Melissa Errico, Broadway's and TV's, Alfonso Ribeiro of "Fresh Prince" fame and Tony Award winner Savion Glover. He has been a resident teacher for New York University's Tisch School of the Arts exclusive studio program. Other teaching engagements have been with NYC's Broadway Dance Center, Summerfest Ballet Conservatory, Public School Systems in New York state, NYC, and New Jersey, the Tennessee Association of Dance, Georgia State University, Nebraska Dance Teachers Association and the Folkuniversitete Balettakademien under the artistic direction of Lia Schubert in Gothenburg, Sweden. Blevins recently attained the distinctive honor of giving Bob Fosse's grandson, Sean, his first dance lessons.

He is an accomplished composer, lyricist and award winning published playwright. His works include the award-winning Count To Ten, a 2009 NYMF selection, the social awareness play aftermath published by Heuer Publishing, an adaptation of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, "The Broadway Kid" a One-Act Musical Vaudeville featuring the life, times and music of George M. Cohan, and several one-act plays to be performed by children most notably "Kelly & The Internet Goblins" published by PLAYS, The Drama Magazine for Young People, and "Suite Heart", "Club Drama", "Reflections" and "The Will" that will be included in a soon-to-be published book for young actors entitled "Garage Plays". Blevins' newest full-length play The Roundabout Inn received a successful run at the Centenary Stage Company YPW and is slated for a NYC opening in 2012.

Presently he spends his weekends as Artistic Director for the noted Centenary Young Performers Workshop, a professional musical theatre training program for young people, housed by the Centenary Stage Company, an Equity theatre in residence at Centenary College. Blevins is also the Artistic Director for the Group Theatre Too a New York based theatre collective.