Originally from Queensland, Australia, Michaeljon moved to the United States in 2004 after winning the Australian Dancer of the Year Award and was given a full scholarship to attend American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. He then went on to enroll in the B.F.A. dance program at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City, making him the first Australian ever to be accepted into either one of these programs. During his time at Juilliard, Michaeljon was fortunate enough to perform the works of such acclaimed choreographers such as Jirí Kylián, Antony Tudor and Twyla Tharp. Soon after, Michaeljon made his Broadway debut as an original cast member and Dance Captain of the 2009 revival of West Side Story, directed by Arthur Laurents.
Michaeljon has continued his career on Broadway as both a performer and Dance Captain. He has appeared in the Broadway companies of Billy Elliot the Musical, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (original company starring Daniel Radcliffe), Evita (original company starring Ricky Martin), Side Show (original company), and Matilda. He recently finished as Dance Captain of the 2017 revival of Broadway's Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler. In addition to working on Broadway over the past several years, Michaeljon has been performing in numerous productions regionally and throughout New York City, including the one- night-only performance of Guys & Dolls starring Nathan Lane, Patrick Wilson, and Megan Mullally. He has also been busy appearing in both film and television, with some of his most notable televised credits including the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors, both the 2011 and 2014 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the 2011 and 2012 Tony Awards and most recently, the 2015 Academy Awards. He was also a part of the opening number of the major motion picture Ted
2 directed by Seth MacFarlane.
Michaeljon made his West End debut in August of 2018 as the Associate Director/ Choreographer of a brand new musical called Mythic, Directed by Sarah O'Gleby. Michaeljon continues to choreograph today, most recently working alongside Lorin Latarro as the Associate Choreographer on Michael Mayer’s word premier of La Traviata at The Metropolitan Opera, and as the Assistant Choreographer/Dance Captain of Roundabout Theatre & Fiasco Theatre's production of Merrily We Roll Along in New York.
When not performing, Michaeljon promotes the importance of arts education and hopes to continue to share his knowledge and experience with the next generation of young performers.
Shannon Atkins moved to New York four years ago from Australia and since then her talent and passion for dance has seen her travel throughout the US, UK, Europe, Canada, Mexico and Australia regularly judging and setting award winning choreography and company repertoire.
She is also a judge for the World Dance Championships and has appeared in Lifetime TV’s dance moms. Shannon was the US master instructor at the world renowned "ADF" Australian Dance Festival and "VDF" Victorian Dance Festival alongside Travis Wall. She also taught master classes for the Star Dance Alliance WILD convention all over the US and in London.
Prior to her worldwide career, Shannon was a successful Australian performer appearing in musicals such as “42nd St” and “Oklahoma” where she also took on the role of dance captain. She is also an established choreographer having created many musicals including the ever popular “High School Musical 2”. She effectively directed and owned “Dance Technique” which is a leading performing arts school on the Gold Coast that has seen numerous students secure sought after roles on Broadway and in reputable schools and companies such as The Juilliard School, and The English National Ballet. She was also a founding dance professor at the prestigious Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane, Australia.
At Broadway Dance Centre Shannon is on faculty for the Children and teen program, the adult drop in classes, along with also choreographing for the AIM company and the winter/summer workshops. She also choreographed works for The Joffrey Ballet School musical theatre gala this summer in NYC. Shannon is extremely well versed and versatile, teaching multiple genres of dance. She loves to create a “feel good” atmosphere in her classes while also challenging the dancers technically. Fun fact: Shannon also has a law/psychology degree.