Michael Landez, MFA (he/him) is originally from San Antonio, Texas, where he began his training in ballet and tap. He trained with Buddy and Susan Trevino for numerous summers at the Joffrey Workshop, TX, before joining American Repertory Ballet under the direction of Douglas Martin. He enjoys performing, making, and teaching about dance through active participation with those that want the experience. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Texas A&M, San Antonio, and certification through the American Ballet Theatre National Teacher Training Curriculum (Pre-Primary – Partnering), Progressing Ballet Technique, and a 200-HR Toga Teacher Training. After completing a Master of Fine Arts in Dance at the University of Iowa with a performance emphasis, he is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Performance Studies at Northwestern University. His research interests lie at the intersection of dance practice, performance studies, dance studies, Latinx studies, and queer studies, where he seeks to embody a more just and equitable sense of performance history in the present. He is a co-founder and current member of the Dance Farm Collective and Ballet Master for the Alamo City Arts.